Transantiago on NPR

October 21, 2007

In Chile, Commuters Sue City Over Transit System — Julie McCarthy

To see why Transantiago is still dominating the headlines, cartoons, and congressional hearings, we descend into a cavernous subway station. Riders literally inch their way down broad corridors bulging with humanity, sullen and unsmiling. Queues are long and tempers short. Someone faints, but there is no room to fall down. Shaking his head, commuter Alejandro Gonzales says a million more people are now crowded onto the subways, since Transantiago did away with many of the old bus routes. But even though the subway now goes to more places, he says, it still cannot accommodate all the rush-hour riders.

Latin American Cities: Santiago — Martin Kaste

This is Santa Lucia Hill, a bluff that rises from the middle of downtown… From up here, Santiago’s problem is clear. The city sits in a bowl, the shear wall of the Andes to the west, a smaller mountain range to the east. A layer of grimy pollution blankets the whole thing, like skin on a pudding. Things are worst in the winter, when cold air traps the smog. Nearly six million people live here, 40% of Chileans, and the ever-growing population depends on urban factories and widespread car ownership.

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