Author | Arantxa HerranzMexico City covers an area that accounts for 0.1% of the country and it has a population of 8,918,653. If we take into account the entire metropolitan area, the figure stands at 21 million inhabitants. Over the last two decades, and given its growth, a series of measures have been implemented, designed to promote the use of public transport instead of private transport to improve air quality. To put this into perspective, it is worth noting that, if in the 1950s the city’s urbanisation rate stood at around 43%, by 2010, it had already reached 78%.The Metro was the dominant form of transport for a long time, measuring around 250 km in length and carrying 4.5 million travellers per day. Traditional transportation systems were generally made up of slow bus services and privately-owned minibuses. The buses were old and highly polluting. These transport deficiencies led to the creation of new motorways; however, in time, it became clear that these measures were causing even more traffic congestion and the project would only serve a small percentage of the city’s inhabitants.On an ordinary working day, over 17.3 million people commute to and from the city. Plus, there are a further 14.7 million trips within the city.Yet, out of these trips, 4.34 million are in cars, while 18.98 million are made using public transport. However, the public transport system is saturated in central areas, while the areas on the outskirts have a very poor public transport system, with long travel times in both directions (it is estimated that each journey can take between two and three hours). To top it all, the public transport system is not particularly cheap for low-income families either. In some cases, people need to allocate one in three dollars to transport
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