The Valle del Cauca Commuter Train (TCV) proposes a connectivity and mobility solution for the integration of the Cali conurbation and surrounding municipalities, to achieve an improvement in the quality of life of more than 3 million inhabitants.
The TCV will be conceived as a mass transport system whose objective is to strengthen the social, economic and spatial integration between Cali and the municipalities of Jamundí, Yumbo and Palmira and its articulation with six other municipalities in the region (Pradera, Candelaria, Vijes, La Cumbre and Dagua) that make up the Southwest Agglomeration of Valle del Cauca represent 70% of the population and 72.6% of the GDP of the Department. The main corridor will use the tracks of the old railway and will enhance the connectivity of the municipalities as well as their accessibility, including a sustainable transport system that contributes to the economic development of the area.
The TCV is part of a complete system that connects the District of Santiago de Cali and the municipalities of Jamundí and Yumbo in a North-South line with 38.7 km and 31 stations; as well as a West-East corridor, with 30.6 km, 16 stations and a 5 km branch to the Airport, for a total of 73.4 km and 48 stations. Due to the scope of the project, it was planned to develop it in phases, identifying in 2020 the prioritized corridor, on which the integral structuring will be advanced, which corresponds to the Jamundí-Cali section. This corridor consists of 23.6 km and 21 stations, with an at-grade infrastructure with traffic light priority, a standard gauge double track platform and electric catenary power supply.
For this project, the Region has as a strategic partner the British Government’s Prosperity Programme and the FDN, which contracted IDOM to carry out the Feasibility Studies and Technical Structuring. IDOM has developed similar studies that include the use of old routes in Guatemala City (MetroRiel), and in the metropolitan area of San José de Costa Rica (Rapid Passenger Train) and that promote accessibility and mobility in metropolitan areas.