Trolleybuses of Valparaíso

Valparaíso’s electric trolleybuses are an iconic part of the city and were even included in the city’s petition for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. A significant portion of the fleet was manufactured by Pullman in the United States in the late 1940s.

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Acensores de Valparaíso

A hilly city, Valparaíso developed numerous funiculars for its residents. Sixteen of these iconic transport modes are left in the city, but only a few of them still function.

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Valparaíso

Pictures from a weekend trip to Valparaíso:

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Railway Stations of Santiago

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Intermodal La Cisterna

My supervisors from the Across Latitudes and Cultures – Bus Rapid Transit Center of Excellence gave me a tour of Santiago’s Metro and the Transantiago bus system, focusing especially on the relatively new La Cisterna Intermodal Station. The massive complex includes bus loading bays on three levels, connections to two subway lines, a grocery store, and a gym.

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Music on Transantiago

In general, there were less musicians and vendors on Santiago’s buses and Metro than I encountered in other cities’ transportation systems. One exception is the scheming gringo shown in the video below – he may look familiar to my friends from high school.

Metro of Santiago

Opened in 1975, Santiago’s metro is one of Latin America’s most extensive. With the recently opened extension to Maipú, the system has 108 stations. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rely on trains with rubber tires, while lines 4 and 4A use standard steel wheels. Lines 3 and 6 are currently being planned. Stations include a number of amenities, such as library branches and bicycle lockers.

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Cerro San Cristobal

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