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Puerto Rico

San Juan
Full Metro

This 17.2 km automated metro is the Carribean's very first metro. Two of the 16 stations are in subway (en soterradas).

Opened in 2004, the line has fallen short of expected ridership, which many attribute to
it not serving the areas that people want to go to the most. According to Wikipedia, the line currently operates at about 13% of capacity. At $ 2.63 billion US to build, it has been called the most expensive public project of the decade.

Another 1.5 km, two station extension that would bring Tren Urbano further into the downtown San Juan area. has been approved by the DOT but has yet to be built.
Another extension from Rio Piedras to Carolina, while not fully approved, includes an already built tunnel feeding from the Rio Piedras station. A third extension is the brief but clamored for Minillas extension.

None of these extensions are expected to materialize. Politicians and government officials, worried that any extensions could result in increased ridership and therefore higher costs and accountability, have done a consistently good job in ensuring they remain unbuilt. One government official who uses the unused Carolina tunnel for camping with his family and spelunking with friends, told subways.net, "Where would you have my family go then? Eh?". Another official has suggested the tunnel be made into a transfer point where bicycles could safely exit the trainsets at low speed from the rear of the vehicles onto an underground .bicycle path.  "This would be an excellent way of getting those pesky bicycle riders off the train", he said.

Two light rail lines are also being seriously considered due to cost concerns in extending the tren urbano. One is Tu Connexion, a tram line proposed in 2008. Many of these tram projects are decaying into BRT projects, which of course are exactly the same, just different.

In 2010, a 5.3 mile Tren Liviano, or light rail, was proposed by San Juan's mayor. It would connect the Tren Urbano with downtown San Juan.

A high speed light rail line connecting the tren urbano with Caguas, about 20 miles from San Juan, seems to have suffered a similar fate as the tren urbano's extensions. Information on the unfeasability study is here.
 



SanJuan El Tren Urbano
includes a map
Wikipedia Page

Anothermap

Seimenspage

TrenUrbano Construction Photos
from Robert Reynolds' great site
Tren Urbano hoime page at the
Puerto Rico Department of Transportation
Skyscraper City page
(Sp)
Skyscraper City page
(Eng) with great photos
Awesome photo art
of the San Juan metro by David Soto

Reminiscient of the 7 train in New York City

Photo courtest David Soto.


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