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President Sebastian Piñera has announced an ambitious US$5bn ‘Chile On Rails’ strategy which includes 25 investment projects covering 1 000 km of railway.
The aim is to triple ridership to 150 million passengers/year by 2027, double freight to more than 21 million tonnes/year and end operator EFE’s long standing operational deficit.
‘The train will not only be part of Chileans’ daily lives as passengers, but will also be part of our country’s economic life’, said Piñera in Melipilla on September 3.
The programme allocates 44% of the planned spending to the capital region, with projects around Santiago to include:
Regions outside the capital would be allocated 56% of the spending. Investment projects envisaged would include:
‘We are making a major effort to allow railway transport to improve the quality of life of our fellow Chileans and to make a major contribution to our country’s development’, Piñera explained.
This article first appeared on www.railwaygazette.com
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