The Quito Metro’s future Line 1, which is being built by ACCIONA’s construction subsidiary, is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the Ecuadoran capital, a city with over two million inhabitants where improving mobility is a priority.
Once operational in 2019, Line 1 will have 22.6 km of tunnel and 15 stations, serving some 400,000 passengers each day. This will help to reduce vehicle traffic and improve connections between the different points of the city, reducing residents’ travel times.
In addition to improving congestion in the city and access to public transport, the ACCIONA project will bring socioeconomic benefits to the city’s residents.
ACCIONA has assessed the impact of the Quito Metro in terms of job creation and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution in the country, in addition to other positive effects on the environment and communities, by applying an internal methodology that measures socioeconomic impact, built on the Leontief Model (based on the analysis of relations between the different industries).
Under this methodology, construction of the Metro line is expected to have a socioeconomic impact on the country’s GDP of approximately €856 million during the three and a half year construction period. Furthermore, the works on the Quito Metro will create some 32,700 direct, indirect and induced jobs a year during construction. The latter are determined by calculating the macroeconomic impact on GDP in terms of employment.
In environmental terms, during the operational phase, pollution will be reduced by over 163,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year, making it possible to take 800 old low-efficiency buses out of circulation.
Construction of the Quito Metro is part of the Integrated Mass Transit System, an ambitious program that seeks not only to address the capital’s current traffic problems, but also to design its future urban traffic network based on new sustainability and environmental criteria.