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Fixing the World 02

Fixing the World 02

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Published by: Sir-Andrew Roderick Escobar Arias on Jul 15, 2012
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One or two months ago, things were going acceptably well about public transportation.I apologize to those ones who disagree with this idea, but we have to keep in mindsome certain facts: First off, a person who lived near 5th Street had multiple choices totake the bus, for most of the routes used to pass by almost every basic work place intown. Second, despite the traffic stuck that got to take shape, you were sure you wouldget to work in time, more or less (being
bigger than
and vice versa).Now, with the new massive transportation system, many things have changed.The first one seems to be the most drastic: the big change in bus routes. Some people
don’t have to feel i
t when they go from north side to south side, while others have togo to Roosevelt Avenue, if they want to go to Pance, La Buitrera, etc. At night, peoplewho work near Imbanaco must go to 9
street, except if they can use the MassiveTransport System. No
matter if it’s in the morning to go to Roosevelt Avenue, or in the
night, to go to 9
Street, these two options have a common factor: A horrible lack of safety on the streets. A short time ago, I got an email, signed by G&C Enterprise Solutions Commercial andServices second Manager, Dr. Erika Cerón.
In the message, you can read: “Opposed to
what you think, walking may be
damaging for health. Yes, it is healthy if it doesn’t
 jeopardize your integrity; it is not a secret how robbery and murder have increased inour city; students on this area are quite afraid to walk at 9:30 in the night, when theirnight classes are over, no matter if they go in groups to take the bus, because
inthe first route change night, over 39
Career, between 5
and 9
Streets, studentsfrom this area were victims of several armed robberies
 The article itself suggests some strategies that the author of these lines expects to be
kept in mind. They should be, for the Massive Transportation System doesn’t
reachcertain sectors of 5th Street, not even with feeding buses. Those sectors are the oneson the 5th Street zone that goes from 15th Career to 1st Career. A person who wantsto use the WIM
to go to san Antonio neighborhood, for example, would have to get off on the Knowledge Block station or, worst case scenario, on San Bosco Station. SantaLibrada Station is not ready yet, but when it is, I wonder if it will be safe enough to getoff there at 9 pm, or take the bus at 6 am. Another thing is speed. WIM was thought, or hoped to be faster than common publictransportation, but what a surprise! It takes more time to travel in the new blue busesthan in one from La Ermita or Recreativos companies, etc.I know what it is using a massive transportation system. I went through it as a first
timer on Medellin’s metro, back on 2001 and three years later, in Bogotá, with
In Spanish, this acronym is MIO, for
Masivo Integrado de Occidente
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