Bogotá’s 80-Year Quest for a Metro May Have a Happy Ending

By Luiza Franco

After years of delays and disagreements, construction is finally moving forward. How did it happen?

Bogotá residents joke about the years they’ve been waiting to finally have a metro railway system. The news website Infobae has called it el metro que no lleva ni un metro—"the metro system not even a meter long.” “The Bogotá metro project has advanced, and we are already in 1999,” announced the Colombian online publication La Silla Vacía in 2013. It’s a surprising absence in a city of 8.3 million people. Even smaller capitals in the region such as Caracas and, most recently, Quito, have built them. But now, it looks like bogotanos’ time has...

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