In February 2007, the Transantiago Integrated Public Transport System began its operations. After one decade, by late 2018 and early 2019, four of the contracts signed with service operators will expire. Consequently, the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications is developing the bidding process for Routes Use of the Public Transport System of Santiago, whose pillars are the search for more competition, greater quality and continuity of service.
The Bidding Terms have already been submitted to the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile and are currently under review. Once approved, the bidding process will start both nationally and internationally. The process is led by the Technical Secretariat of the Metropolitan Public Transportation Directory.
Since its creation in September 2015, this entity has worked on the preparation of future bidding rules, leveraging the experience of the current system through its various entities and in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team of professionals.
The Technical Secretariat has promoted initiatives such as the review of concession contracts, including citizen participation in each of its processes. In harmony with the actions promoted by the Government, important efforts have been made to open space for dialogue and citizen participation, in order to enrich the process of drawing up future contracts, gathering feedback from those who use the public transport. In addition, high-standard, two-floor, hybrid buses with highly demanding environmental standards have been tried in order to find alternatives that can be incorporated into the system.