Abinader administration announces mass transport plan for Santo Domingo

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President Abinader announced a billionaire public and private investment for a mega mass transport system for Greater Santo Domingo and San Cristóbal with its population of more than 4 million inhabitants. The Abinader administration seeks to offer low-cost efficient public transport to those living and working in Greater Santo Domingo (National District and Santo Domingo province) and San Cristóbal, the bed city to the west.

On Wednesday, 27 September 2023, President Luis Abinader announced the Integrated Transport System for Greater Santo Domingo (SIT-SD). The long-term program calls for an investment of US$3.2 billion in mass transport, with private investors committing to invest US$2 billion.

The Santo Domingo Integrated Transportation System (SIT-SD) is an initiative that seeks to reduce urban traffic jams by incorporating new modes of...

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NALs

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All the major newspapers had pre-front page advertisements about this.

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PS. They will finally get rid of the current ugly median on Prologanción Independencia. Hopefully they start there. lol
 

MariaRubia

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To be honest all he is announcing is a new teleférico, a new tram and a train to San Cristóbal. All the rest has been announced several times before.

I think it's a big miss that they haven't included the Colonial Zone. This is the most popular area of the city for visitors and there should be public transport to and from the airport at least.
 
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Still waiting for his announcement to have a clear cleaningplan for 'Greater Santo Domingo'.
And I agree with #6(y)
 

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To be honest all he is announcing is a new teleférico, a new tram and a train to San Cristóbal. All the rest has been announced several times before.

I think it's a big miss that they haven't included the Colonial Zone. This is the most popular area of the city for visitors and there should be public transport to and from the airport at least.
He needs to save BIG news to dole out over the next year before Election Day. Including the CZ would put the DR over the top as a tourist attraction.
 

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It will pass close enough to the colonial zone anyway.


It won't though. The nearest stations will be Gualey (and that's not a good idea for a tourist to rock up at Gualey any time of the day or night) or the stations in Gomez. I can't see anything closer. That whole section of the map stays completely blank. If they were going to do anything I guess it would have to be a cable car, but I think if they did do one starting somewhere to the east of the Zona, immediately crossing the river, and then heading up Avenida España, this would be a sure winner with tourists and an attraction in itself. But it will never happen. I don't think they will even spend the US$ 500M they have to spend on the Conde - "strangely" the only thing that is happening is that they are repairing the road right outside the new hotel which "strangely" the government is heavily involved in.
 

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Train service to Colonial Zone? a Big NO. We need Airport line, for sure.
Why a big No? The Colonial Zone is one of the most visited parts of the city and has terrible parking and traffic issues, it is an obvious candidate for public transport. To be honest, if they were really brave they could build a high-speed train line between the Zona Colonial and Punta Cana, with stops at SDQ and PUJ airports. That would be a game-changer for tourism.
 

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Why a big No? The Colonial Zone is one of the most visited parts of the city and has terrible parking and traffic issues, it is an obvious candidate for public transport. To be honest, if they were really brave they could build a high-speed train line between the Zona Colonial and Punta Cana, with stops at SDQ and PUJ airports. That would be a game-changer for tourism.
Totally agree. I would walk from Gomez but most tourists won't. The only thing is maybe they can install some kind of shuttle.
 

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Totally agree. I would walk from Gomez but most tourists won't. The only thing is maybe they can install some kind of shuttle.
Or use Choo Choo Train. ( Go with 4-5 of your friends)

 

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I lived in SD for 6 years, I honestly have no idea (never did) what the allure was for the ZC. Brick facades, pavers and mediocre food at jacked prices - all built on the back end of a ghetto under the 27 bridge? The Conde reminds me of the Asbury Park boardwalk way back, cheap touristy shops and the lowest common denominator of visitors/patrons.

I would like to add, I love that cafe on the Conde that does the Cuban sandwiches. They roast their own coffee and it's delicious. I always get a pound when I'm in town.
 
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To be honest all he is announcing is a new teleférico, a new tram and a train to San Cristóbal. All the rest has been announced several times before.

I think it's a big miss that they haven't included the Colonial Zone. This is the most popular area of the city for visitors and there should be public transport to and from the airport at least.
Adding more complicated infrastructure is only going to make things worse. I mean folks still can't figure out a 2 line subway. Sky cable cars well... the DR just isn't prepared for emergencies involving this highly unsafe form of transit. The overpass on the Charles de Gaulle - Mella was a collassal fail. No improvement on the Charles to-date.