The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, has inaugurated Santiago metro Line 3, in a ceremony held at Los Libertadores station, on January 22. “It is a metro line designed for passenger needs, as metro transport offers comfortable, modern and safe services. It is designed for all people, the elderly, who have some disability or reduced mobility,” the President said.
The new line has 22 km served by 18 stations and will transport 245 thousand passengers per day. The line has connection with the other metro lines, reducing travel times on all routes. “Network system must be connected, because the more connected they are, the more useful they are for every user,” Sebastián Piñera said.
Currently, Santiago city is working on the plan to extend the metro system. According to the President, three new metro lines are in the design, development, studies and financing phase. They are: the Line 7 linking Renca with Vitacura, Line 8, crossing Providencia to Puente Alto and Line 9 that leaves Santiago city, with a terminus at La Pintana (in Santiago Metropolitan Region). In addition, there is the extension of Line 4 to Bajos de Mena district, in Puente Alto that will be operational in 2026.
“The real progress is to improve the quality of life for all citizens and to do it in a sustainable way and the metro is a good expression of that mission,” the President concluded.