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How Quito is building resilience into its mobility services

Jonathan Andrews spoke to Rubén Darío Tapia Rivera, Secretary of Mobility, Quito about the challenges of providing mobility services in a rugged and hilly city

Quito is constructing its first metro line. In such difficult topography and geology, how are you incorporating resilience into the plan?

As far as the metro is concerned, resilience is reflected in the ability to continue to operate and recover in the shortest time possible. Both the tunnel and the stations are constructed of reinforced concrete–material that has excellent resilience to earthquakes, fire or flood. The metro’s electrification system has redundancy characteristics, which allow the system to be up and running even if some of its components come out of operation.

The communication system is independent and exclusive to the metro, which means the metro will continue to operate or be able to recover more easily. Finally, if any of the automatic components fail in the railway signalling system, there is the possibility of operating the system manually once the emergency is over.

The first line of the metro as part of the city’s mobility infrastructure, becomes a strategic component within the city’s resilience strategy because it will provide better mobility conditions for Quito and also allow reorientation of certain tendencies of urban development that make the city vulnerable. For example, this strategy will help reverse the trend of horizontal, informal growth by developing vertically where the city has already installed infrastructure and mobility, through the first metro line. The metro not only solves a mobility problem, but also other social, environmental and economic problems.

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