With great participation was held “Sustainable Transport for Greater Temuco, Chile" seminar

Original post by Santo Tomás (in spanish)

The growth of congestion in the Araucania region, especially the city of Temuco, was the subject of conversation and analysis at Santo Tomás University (Chile). In order to deepen and analyze how affable this is to the community, the seminar «Sustainable Transport for Greater Temuco» was held, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT) and the Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (Cedeus).

At the event, important topics were discussed such as «Characterisation and diagnosis of the problems of current transport in the cities of cities medium and small», «Fields of infrastructure support for public transport, management and operation services», «Vision of development were analyzed based urban transport for medium cities» and «Technologies at the service of transport».

To discuss key aspects for transport in this city, several actors attended and the participation of attendees created a space to express their concerns. Some exhibitors were Doris Tello, Seremi of Transport and Telecommunications of La Araucania; Rodrigo Valette, Coordinator of the Regional Public Transport at Seremitt; Juan Carlos Munoz, Director of Cedeus; Juan Antonio Carrasco, Professor of Transport Engineering at University of Concepción; Fernando Orellana, head of Risk Prevention career at Santo Tomás Temuco; Oscar Vargas, manager of Everis Chile; and academics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Lake Sagaris, Tomas Cox, David Aviles and Ricardo Giesen.

Eduardo Klein, Project Coordinator of Santo Tomás University, said that «this seminar was born from the concern of the community to create a friendly transport system for our city, that doesn’t harm their life quality and remain harmonious as it grows. Thus, a space where experts could deepen this topics and develop gradual solutions were missing».

After him, Juan Carlos Muñoz, director of CEDEUS, said that «Temuco is growing. Then you need to apply some plans to avoid a collapse, such as building bike lanes, increasing the number of exclusive lanes for public transport, increase spaces for sidewalks. This actions are necessary to develop a city that doesn’t have problems like existing ones in other cities of the country».

Finally, Doris Tello, Seremi of Transport and Telecommunications of La Araucania, said «we are working to diagnosticate the points that generate more collapse in transport and the measures to assist its mitigation. So, the opinion from experts in the subject gives us implementable solutions that contribute to not saturate Temuco».