During the 1990’s, and this past decade, the urban sprawl of Greater Buenos Aires has responded diligently to the (worst) example of North American cities, making the expansion and low density of Los Angeles, just a mere competitor in the race for urban sprawl.
Considering the rapid expansion experienced by the city the question is this: How can more than 14 million people be transported, in a safe and comfortable fashion? Fatal accidents are not uncommon; there are massive traffic jams and obvious economic consequences.
The jurisdictional nightmare of having a 14 million people city divided among 25 different districts, makes the creation of a Metropolitan Transit Agency an imperative need. That was achieved in October 2012; finally, authorities from the different districts that tend to be politically divergent met to discuss a roadmap toward the creation of a metropolitan transit authority which can solve the transportation problems of the city from a technocratic, not political view. Not a jurisdictional union, but at least a unification of policies towards improving the quality of the city’s transportation services.
There have been background developments towards this achievement, such as the creation of an integrated tariff for a single ticket scheme directed toward all public transportation systems and the integration of the national transportation authority within the Ministry of Interior. This means transit is now a priority for the government.
Should we leave our cities’ problems and solutions to technocrats? What about the population? Should they be consulted too?