PROPOSALS are being developed for a light rail line in Guatemala City, the country’s Ministry of Communications & Transport announced at the end of January. The project would form part of a US$100m expansion of the capital’s bus network now underway.

The line would follow a disused railway alignment running 10 km northeast from the city. The government would fund the infrastructure works, but operations would be the responsibility of the municipal government.

The ministry is providing 65% of the funding for the Transmetro project, which includes the construction of a new bus station and 22 km of dedicated busway, purchase of 45 high-capacity articulated buses, and the introduction of a smart card fare collection system.