On February 27, 2008, the day of Dominican Independence, the Santo
Domingo metro opened with free rides to its first passengers. After
years of controversy and accusations of theft and mismanagement, the A
Train has come to Santo Domingo.
The system's second line opened in December 2012. The 22 km subway is completely underground. An 11.5 km extension to this second line has also been announced, with a prospective opening date in 2016.
No one knows what happened to the light rail system that was expected
to open in 2000 in this tiny bastion of democracy. On February 12, 1999, the
Dominican government announced the start of construction on the new
Santo Domingo Metro Light Rail System. A copy of the article can be
bidding on the actual light rail vehicles
was to take place in June, 1999. Since then,
plan for a full-fledged metro rose it's head but many
one source, "The Dominican government signed an
agreement with the French Development Agency for the financing of US$40
million of the total US$150 million cost of a tramway in Santo Domingo.
The agency will also assist the Dominican state in securing an
additional US$40 million from French private investors and a French
pool of banks for the project, for a total of 60% of the system' s
cost. The tramway will run from Kilometer 9 of the Duarte
Highway to the Sánchez Bridge (Puente de la 17), passing
along John F. Kennedy Avenue, 27 de Febrero, on to the Padre
Castellanos Street. on the mid-eastern side of the city. A second
South-North tramway is planned for the Máximo
Gómez Avenue. The first tramway would be completed by August
2000, the month when the Fernández administration ends."
The little circle is Spanish for 'Start drilling here."
the line had been built, it would have been the first light rail system
in the Caribbean. This dubious honor, even with today's present Line 1,
was snatched by nearby Puerto Rico, which opened its own wannabe clone
of the New York City subway system.
So how does a tiny republic with a pension for sudden utility outages
and neighbor to the poorest country in the world come to build and run
a subway system? Much of the credit goes to Dominican born President
Leonel Fernandez who grew up in New York City. While some speculate
that having the name
brought a train obsession to the country's leader from birth, most
agree that his experience in seeing what the subway did for New York
led to his inspiration to foster the building of a network for his
native Santo Domingo. This former New York straphanger turned
Caribbean politician ignored the mounds of criticism and cut
red tape wherever he found it in order to bring about the operation of
a14.5 km, 16 station (10 underground, 5 elevated and one at grade)
Due to the
of the Subway by Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez
(LightRail:4.16 "Do not forsake thy metro. Look away from Bus Rapid
Transit for it deceives; it's rail-like features only mock the true
rail that Christ our Lord hath given us."), it is expected that the
line will be baptized in March and, in order to patronize the Jewish
population, Bar-Mitzvahed in about 13 years.