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Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications

mttThe Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications is one of the 23 State Secretariats through which the Government of Chile manages various public matters, creates bills and regulations, and monitors specific areas. The MTT was created by Decree Law No. 557, published in the Official Journal on July 10, 1974.

Its main functions include to propose the national policies in matters of transport and telecommunications, according to the directives of the Government, and to exercise the direction and control of their implementation; to supervise public and private companies operating transportation and communications services in the country; and to coordinate and promote the development of these activities and control compliance with relevant laws, regulations and standards.

The Ministry is composed of the Undersecretariat of Transport, the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications and the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) . In addition, this office serves as a link between the government and autonomous companies such as Ferrocarriles del Estado, Metro S.A., Correos de Chile and the 10 port companies created after the filialization of Empresa Portuaria de Chile (Emporchi).

The Government of Chile is working on implementing a renewed system of buses that responds to the ongoing changes of the city and the mobilization needs of the people, based on a participatory and transparent tender process. We aim to provide Santiago with a multimodal public transport system that improves mobility in the city, with a focus on streamlining the movements of users and, ultimately, improving the quality of life of those who use it.

Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications

Improving the quality of the service delivered by the public transport to the thousands of users who commute to their jobs, homes or educational centers. That is our priority.

In this line, as a government we have undertaken a series of challenges, because we are aware that urban mobility is a highly sensitive aspect of citizenship.

We know that giving Transantiago a boost in quality is urgent, and in recent years we have focused our greatest efforts in this task. Through the Metropolitan Public Transport Department and the Technical Secretariat for Strategy and Planning, hard work has been carried out to promote a new tender process, which will result in a renewal of Transantiago, so as to make it more friendly and safe, equipped with the best equipment and technology.

We are working hard to think about the city and the public transport system towards which we want to advance in the coming years, understanding the integration of travel modes and their coexistence as fundamental axes of our management. We know that the conditions of the city where the buses of the new tender will circulate will not be the same as they are today. Starting in 2018, Santiago will incorporate the new subway lines 3 and 6. This, along with the first suburban train of the city, denominated Metrotren Nos, will allow us to advance towards the integration we want.

The road that we have initiated will generate important changes, improving mobility for the inhabitants of the capital and contributing to the quality of life of those who live within it. This tender will allow us to promote gradual changes, with a global view on the public transport of our country. We also hope that this process can contribute and be used as a navigation chart for other cities in Chile, which in the future will require the same integration that we are proposing for the city of Santiago. This path is the result of the lessons we have had in the last 10 years, ever since Transantiago came along.

In this sense, we promote this process by detecting the main failures and opportunities of the system through an intense process of citizen participation. We received more than 10,000 citizen proposals and feedback aiming to raise the quality of the system: frequency and regularity, sustainable transport and improvements in the payment system were just some of the topics on which users focused. We are aware that the new tender process for roads use, as well as the process associated with complementary services, represent a project that transcends this government. We must be able to build a public transport system that constitutes a State policy. It must reflect the agreements that exist regarding the guiding principles in matters of mobility and where we should advance to, considering its increasing demand.

Paola Tapia

Minister of Transport and Telecommunications

Paola Tapia Salas

A lawyer from the Catholic University of Chile, she has held the position of Minister of Transport and Telecommunications since March 14, 2017, after 13 years of public service.

Board of the Metropolitan Public Transport

dtpmThe Board of the Metropolitan Public Transport Directory (DTPM) is the body responsible for articulating, coordinating and supervising the actions, programs and measures aimed at managing the greater public transport of the city of Santiago, derived from its own actions as well as from various sectors and public and private entities. Its main functions include:

• Proposing to the authorities of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications studies, tender plans for public transport and the administrative, economic and financial conditions for such tender processes, as well as the budget required to comply with the Urban Transport Plan from which the Public Transport System of Santiago is derived.

• Coordinating tender processes for routes and contracting public transport services, as well as reviewing specifications and contracts regarding complementary services.

• Coordinating the negotiation processes that may be required for the fulfillment of its tasks.

• Supervising contracts, and participating in studies, analyses and improvements of public transport.

• Serving as a coordinating body for the authorities and agencies involved in the definition and execution of the programs, plans and measures applied to the Public Transport System of the city of Santiago.

• Reviewing, updating and renewing the Public Transport Infrastructure Master Plan, and coordinating the execution of the works contained in that plan by the executing agencies, as well as carrying out minor public transport public works.

• Ensuring the correct operation of the System through the monitoring of goals and deadlines defined for the execution of the programs, plans and measures.

• Establishing links and collaboration with public and private, national, foreign or international organizations that carry out activities in the field of public transport of passengers.

• Ensuring the timely and adequate satisfaction of users' needs and proposing the adjustments that are required, according to the guidelines of the corresponding authority.

• Assessing the current regulations and proposing legal and regulatory changes that are necessary for the creation of an institution that permanently watches for the adequate provision of public transport services in the Metropolitan Region.