Colombian commuters push for trains’ return

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Commuters in Bogota, Colombia are fed up. Crammed into overloaded buses and stuck in gridlocked traffic, they’re calling on the government to revive the city’s once enviable train system. In the

Colombian commuters push for trains’ return

Commuters in Bogota, Colombia are fed up.

Crammed into overloaded buses and stuck in gridlocked traffic, they’re calling on the government to revive the city’s once enviable train system.

In the early 1900’s, the Colombian government spent big money to develop the 2,200 miles or 3,600 kilometers of rail lines.

Over time those dollars were shifted to highways leaving trains like La Sabana, which is no more than a tourist attraction.

Eduardo Rodriguez is its founder.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RAILWAY ENGINEER AND FOUNDER OF LA SABANA TOURIST TRAIN, EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ, SAYING:

“This is on the Colombian state, so that they realize what we have lost, what we have neglected. We hope they follow other countries in the world that invest more in railways, so that they don’t leave us as the castaway country of the continent.”

Bogota, a city of more than eight million people, is one of only a few Latin American capitals of its size without a commuter rail system.

The country’s last big push to relieve the capital’s congestion was in 2000 when it launched a high-profile rapid bus transit system that runs through an elevated track in the middle of major thoroughfares.

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