First steps towards an Urban Transport Authority for the Peruvian capital region of Lima and Callao
Transport in the Peruvian capital region, comprised by the two cities of Lima and Callao, today is managed by no less than 10 entities. Little to no coordination among regulators, operators, and transportation companies, among others, has resulted in a catastrophic urban transport situation where public transport is dominated by old, small and unsafe units, bus stops are nearly inexistent and the few modern public transport modes miss interconnection, unified ticketing and integrated cycling infrastructure.
The unattractive and insufficient public transport network causes citizens to opt for a private car whenever possible, leading to extremely high congestion levels (associated societal costs of USD 7 billion per year), average traffic speeds of 14km/h, and, according to Worldbank data, the worst air quality on the American continent.
In order to improve coordination and cooperation in urban transport of the capital region, the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) has decided to take a facilitating role in the process to establish an overall coordinating body independent from the political process. TRANSfer has supported the MTC in this endeavor with a first conceptual design. The proposal, elaborated by the consultancy firm Deloitte in a multi-stakeholder process, suggests the strengthening of already existing institutions and ascribes a rather coordinating and facilitating function to a potential “Urban Transport Authority” (ATU for its initials in Spanish). In order to continue the process of improving coordination among the manifold involved actors, GIZ has supported the Set-Up of an inter-institutional working group, which will lead further work on the conceptual design of a future ATU.
For more Information you find the concept proposal here (available in Spanish).