Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia found an innovative way to build sustainable public transport infrastructure that also helped their most disadvantaged communities.

CASE STUDY: Columbia's lead in equitable and sustainable transport

In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – the Medellín Metrocable aerial cable car transport system was built. Relatively cheap and quick to construct, it connected informal settlements of disadvantaged communities on the hillside to other transport notes.

A world first, the system currently consists of three lines, the first of which carries approximately 3,000 passengers per hour. Before the Metrocable was built, the only options for residents to descend the hill was irregular, unreliable buses or walking long distances. A recent study found that by increasing access to high-employment areas, the Metrocable doubled the number of job opportunities available to low-income residents.

In addition to constructing the Metrocable, Medellín has taken a number of other actions to provide sustainable mobility for residents including a bus rapid transit system, a public bicycle program, and a ridesharing program.

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