Transport in Lima
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Public transport in Lima is handled by buses, micros, taxicabs, and the so-called mototaxis. Micros are the most common means of public transportation in Lima and many other cities in Peru. There are also more than 100 km of cycle paths in the city.
The word micro is used in common-day Peruvian Spanish as an abbreviation for microbus (minibus). While the bigger vehicles are known as micros, the smaller ones are known as either combis or micros. These privately owned vehicles are not only known for being very cheap and convenient but also for being rather risky.
Micros race from one street corner to another along all the major arterial city roads. Stickers saying, for example, "Todo Angamos" or "Todo Benavides" can be seen on their windscreens, which indicates that the micro runs the whole length of Avenida Angamos or Avenida Benavides. These microbuses dash dangerously fast, frequently crashing and speeding off before their passengers have got both feet into the vehicle. There being few bus stops, micros and combis pick and drop passengers anywhere along their route (although it is not allowed). Tickets became compulsory in the late-80s. No transfer tickets are issued, so double fares are often used by people when a micro passing through downtown does not go to the destination needed, although with the lack of control of routes nowadays there are many routes that go just about everywhere within the city limits. The only places where micros are no longer allowed to circulate is in the crosstown streets within downtown Lima: if you need to go from the West Side to the East Side you must walk or take a taxi (see below), and micros go north-south only through either the West or East sides' main arteries, Tacna Ave. and Abancay Ave. respectively.
The Lima Metro is the electric mass transit system of the Lima Metropolitan Area in Peru. It currently consists of one 35 km line and 26 stations, joining the southern area of the metropolis with the center and the north east of the city. Five additional lines are planned.
In 2010 the government of Alan García resumed the project of Lima Metro starting with the construction of Line 1. The construction and implementation of 11.7 kilometres (7.3 mi) (with a total of 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi)) of viaduct elevated of double ramp from the Atocongo Bridge to downtown Lima. The Lima Metro Line 1 was built by a consortium made up by two engineering and construction companies. The line began commercial operations in early 2012. Nineteen new Alstom trains have arrived since November 2012, adding to the current fleet of five AnsaldoBreda trains, this is major impulse of the service. An extension of 12.4 kilometers is in service since July 2014 to the northern district of San Juan de Lurigancho.
The line 2 is an East-West underground Metro line which is under construction, this contract includes the construction of a segment of line 4, this last line will link the system with the Jorge Chavez International Airport. It is expected to begin partial operation in 2016. and full operation for both lines in 2019.
The Metropolitan Transportation System is a transportation system which integrates the Independent Corridor of Mass-Transit Buses known by its Spanish initials as COSAC 1. This system links the principal points of the Lima Metropolitan Area and the first phase of this project has thirty three kilometer long line from the north of the city to Chorrillos in the south of the city. It has 38 stations along 33 km. of busway. This system is similar to the TransMilenio of Bogota, Colombia.
Sistema Integrado de TransporteEdit
The Sistema Integrado de Transporte (which means Integrated Transport System), is a bus system developed by the local government to reorganize the current system of routes that has become chaotic. One of the main goals of the SIT is to reduce the number of urban routes, renew the bus fleet currently operating by many private companies and to reduce (and eventually replace) most "combis" from the city.
As of January 2016, SIT currently operates two regular lines: Javier Prado - La Marina (201 [soon], 202 and 206) and TGA (301, 302, 303 and 306).
Combi and busEdit
The combi operates within the districts of Lima, mainly; Kombi is an abbreviation of the German word Kombinationfahrzeug. The term was originally used to designate Volkswagen Type 2 pickup introduced in the 1950s, they now come in several brands.
In the 1990s, during the government of the president Alberto Fujimori, it was established that the number of buses were not enough to transport people around the city, and the use of secondhand automobiles (mostly combis) from others countries was permitted. Kombi accidents in metropolitan Lima account for 45% of all accidents.
The most popular vehicle types used by the small micros (combis) are Toyota HiAce and Nissan Urvan microbuses, while the bigger micros are usually Toyota Coaster or Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa vehicles. A few older bus lines from the pre-combi era use large forty-odd year old buses.
- Ate - Callao (Routes CR20; CR25; CR57; CR71; CR75; IM04; IM24; IM31; IM33; IM40; IO01; IO04; IO27; IO61; IO64; IO67; IO81 and IO88)
- Carabayllo - Miraflores (Routes NO03 and NO99)
- Carabayllo - Pachacámac (Route EM01)
- Chorrillos - Ventanilla (Route IO03)
- La Punta - Pachacámac (Routes IO57; IO75; OM57 and OM62)
- San Bartolo - San Miguel (Routes SO16 and SO18)
- San Juan de Miraflores - Carabayllo (Routes NM24; NM33 and SO20)
- San Juan de Miraflores - Downtown Lima (Routes SCR08 and SCR35)
- San Juan de Miraflores - San Juan de Lurigancho (Routes EM05; EO07; EO65 and SM24)
- Santa Anita - La Molina (Route EM17)
- Santiago de Surco - Ancón (Route NO02)
- Santiago de Surco - San Isidro (Route SCR10)
- Santiago de Surco - Downtown Lima (Routes SCR25 and SM31)
- Villa el Salvador - San Juan de Lurigancho (Routes EM37; EM43; EO17; EO25; EO65A; EO65B; SO11 and SO30)
This is not an exhaustive list and only provides a few examples of micro routes.
Some older routes –generally those not using combis or similar-sized vehicles– can be defined by their old numbering until the early 1990s. The old route number is usually prominently displayed on the "passenger" side of the front window, as a backward reference. Many modern routes, however, lack this number. Old route numbers still well known (as of 2007) are # 2 (route IO35), 6 (route SO13), 8 (route EO21), 9 (routes EO64 and IO33), 23 (routes EO17; EO18 and EO101), 31 (route SO28), 39 (route SO20), 45 (routes EO107; IO43 and IO46), 48 (route IO53), 60, 66, 71 (routes IO63 and IO64), 91 (routes EM40 and EO26), 94 (route IO65), 102 (routes CR52 and IO79), 104 (routes EM35 and EO20), 148 (route NM32), and 150.
If one company branches out into many routes (generally overlapping at the center of the route) the different routes may be differentiated by letters: 104A, 104B, 104C, and so on, for instance. 104A (This route isn't available) goes from Penal section of San Juan de Lurigancho to San Miguel via the East Side of downtown; 104B (route EM35) goes from Mangomarca section of SJL (the original terminus) to San Miguel via the East Side; and 104C (route EO20) goes from Mangomarca to Miraflores, via the West Side.
Taxis in the city are very cheap. There are no meters so you must tell the driver where you want to go and agree on a price before you get in. Since there are no meters, many taxi drivers overcharge inexperienced foreigners with high cab fares.
They vary in sizes from small four door compacts (generally Korean Daewoo Ticos) to large vans capable of transporting many pieces of luggage from the airport to your destination. They are virtually everywhere, accounting for a large part of the car stock. Often they are just any random car with a taxi sticker on the windshield. As in other major cities the way to flag them down is to wave your hand up high. Also much more expensive but more secure and professional are the Taxi Seguro's which you call up. They pick you up in their company cars. There are many different Taxi Seguro companies in Lima. Actually, the most common cars for taxis in Lima are Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sail, Toyota Yaris and some Toyota and Nissan station wagon models.
Taxis will take you virtually anywhere in the city. You can tell them to take you to a certain hotel, tourist destination, or mall and they will probably know how to get there. Citizens of Lima commonly joke that they have the most educated taxi drivers in the world. The joke is based on the fact that taxi-running is a major source of income for unemployed or under-employed people, including professionals with a university degree who either rent or own the cars they drive. A whole economy spreads from investments in vehicle acquisition to be later rented as taxi cabs.
Taxis are the most efficient and fastest way of transportation in Lima but in rush hour, however they are also considered somewhat risky since some criminals disguise as taxi drivers and steal from the confident passenger at gunpoint later on. An indication of the security of the Taxi is to check if it has the label of the Setame on the windshield, which stands for Servicio de Taxi Metropolitano, the administrative authority that regulates taxi cabs. Setame taxis are in most cases painted in a distinctive yellow colour. Taxis without the Setame label are considered to be informal and risky. Lately the Setame label does not mean safety anymore, people is choosing modern IOS/Android remisse services to contact a safe option of transport.
Mototaxis and pedicabs are used in peripheral districts such as Puente Piedra and Comas where there isn't heavy traffic, although with the spread of urbanization and routes they are losing ground to regular micros.
Traffic in limaEdit
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This is a project made by a 12 year old girl.Edit
Aren’t you tired of waiting in your car forever? Of arriving late to places? Of people stressing all week long? Of getting bored and tired in your car, leaving you with just one thing to think about… (this list could go on and on FOREVER) “WHY TRAFFIC!” t-r-a-f-f-i-c. This is a HUGE problem, that we need a stop right now. I can’t deal with it any longer, each and every single day passes and nobody is even trying to stop it, making traffic increase! Sincerely, I am truly thankful that I got the chance to write this and put all this information in your brains so that then hopefully you can also help (without stressing as much as I am). Furthermore, I believe that the municipality should extend Lima’s roads in order to decrease traffic because, first, instead of people wasting time in the car they could be doing other more important things, second, drivers get frustrated and build conflicts among each other and lastly, because everyone stresses out when they get stuck in traffic. This is all because traffic in Lima is increasing, making my frustration and stress also increase but, 1,000 times more!
One reason why I believe the municipality of Lima should try their best to decrease traffic is because people could be doing other things instead of wasting their time stuck in traffic. I talked to a teacher in my school, she told me that she leaves her house at 5:40 am in order not to get so much traffic on her way to school. Therefore, when she gets to school she has free time to finish other work she needs to do, or, just relax until school actually starts. However, other people leave their houses at around 7:15 - 7:20 am, as a result of everyone moving at the same time. In fact, not actually moving because this will cause everyone to get stuck in traffic, and probably this will make people lose time rather than, them doing other more important things(The Teacher. Malatesta). Admittedly, The Teacher. Malatesta’s strategy is effective because even though you need to wake up early, she can relax and do other things with no rush. As well, she is also able to finish other things she needs to, and besides well done. In addition, she can take care of home issues or many other things. After all, this is just one of many other reasons of why the municipality should widen the roads or at least put effort on their work, so then traffic can hopefully decrease, and we will be able to leave happily ever after!
Another reason why I believe that the municipality of Lima should widen the roads to decrease traffic is because drivers get frustrated and build conflicts with each other. On Tuesday, April 10th I was going to school with my mom, my sisters and my brother. We noticed there was a lot of traffic. This is why instead of entering the car pickup we would cross the road and enter the school walking. Since there was a lot of traffic, and we needed to cross the road, the security of the school needed to stop the cars that were behind them. For this purpose, while we were walking, a man driver took his face out of his car’s window and started to shout at us. He insulted us and wanted to drive on while we were crossing the road! Other drivers tried to calm the situation by telling him “Chill, it is a school” but then the man driving didn’t care and shouted at the other drivers! It was a huge chaos. Conflicts show the bad reputation of Lima, especially when there are many people involved. This is why I believed that this man didn’t have education and manners because he needed to understand that many other students also needed to cross the road in therefore they could arrive on time to school. Undoubtedly, this was one of the most irritating and frustrating moments in my whole entire life. Unfortunately, this man didn’t have any idea of what respect was. Finally, I believe that traffic should be immediately decreased in order for this horrible situations not to happen!
More importantly, I believe the mayor and his team should extend Lima’s roads to decrease traffic because many people are stressing out. According to what I’ve read in La Prensa website “Tráfico vehicular causa estrés y ataques de ira a los conductores”, "Vehicle traffic causes stress and anger attacks to drivers") about more than 70% of those who drive suffer from mental and physical exhaustion by the end of the week. In fact, the endless rows of traffic are causing anxiety, bad mood, irritability and sometimes fear for the drivers (La Prensa website “Tráfico vehicular causa estrés y ataques de ira a los conductores). We don’t deserve to stress out because of traffic. Additionally, we humans have other things to worry about and besides, traffic is one big problem, this is because traffic causes other problems like in this case stress, but also accidents, conflicts, getting late to places, and much more. Since I read this website, I am also afraid because when I grow up and need a car to move from place to place, I will get stuck in traffic and will stress out! Finally, I believe that the municipality of Lima should extend Lima’s roads to decrease traffic because I don’t want my life nor yours getting ruined just because of traffic.
Lastly, I believe the municipalities of Lima should decrease traffic by widening the roads because first of all, people could be doing other things instead of wasting their time stuck in traffic, as well as, drivers can get easily frustrated and build conflicts with other people that are walking or driving, and besides everyone stresses out when they get stuck in traffic. Undoubtedly, we can’t let this happen. In fact, we need to stop this right away. Every single one of you needs to know and understand that if traffic is creating more problems and more stress. We need to do what we gotta do. Fortunately, I had the chance to write this argument piece and share with you what really bugs me! Bye!
Public Transportation StatisticsEdit
The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Lima, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 95 min. 35% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 14 min, while 19% of riders wait for over 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 8.1 km, while 17% travel for over 12 km in a single direction. 
In the last two decades car sales has been growing every year, now Lima have approximately 1.4 millions of cars and industry plans to sell around of 200,000 new vehicles for next years. This way of commute is one of the most frequent, is a result of a growing economy and it shows a better income rate between Lima citizens.
It also serves as a major hub in the Latin American air network. Additionally, Lima possesses five other airports: the Las Palmas Air Force Base, and runways in Santa María del Mar, San Bartolo and Chilca.
There are approximately 60 000 micros in Lima. A lot of them are old school buses brought from the United States or native-made bus bodies fitted to truck chassis engines. A few richer transportation companies use modern bodies made in Brazil or Argentina. Smaller companies use smaller vehicles such as minibuses (e.g. Toyota Coasters) and minivans.
Since almost all of these vehicles are poorly maintained, they produce a great amount of pollution. Statistics show that in July 2001, the amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was of 236.66 mg/m³, the maximum allowable quantity being 100 mg/m³. The presence of small particles of different materials (dust, lead and other metals), was also high during this month: 294.12 mg/m³, while the allowed limit is 150 mg/m³.
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