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Tram offers free rides to the public today

As part of preparations for the beginning of commercial service, Cuenca’s tram system is offering free rides to the public beginning Monday morning. Passengers can board the train at any of the system’s 27 stations from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The tram offers free rides beginning Monday morning from any station on the 20-kilometer route. (El Tiempo)

According to tramway director Carolina Ormaza, the purpose of the free service is to acquaint the public with the procedures and rules of the tram as well as to provide “real time” training for conductors. “This is the last step before we begin full service in 60 days,” she says.

Passengers must respect all Covid-19 biosecurity protocols, Ormaza says. “We will require passengers to observe all health emergency biosecurity protocols, including wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing,” she said. “We have moved from red light to yellow light status but personal protection guidelines are still enforce and we will ask the public to respect these.”

For the week of May 25 to 31, eight five-car units will circulate from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. with stops every ten minutes at the stations on the 20-kilometer route. Because of Covid-19 health rules, units will be limited to 30 percent capacity, or 62 passengers each.

39 thoughts on “Tram offers free rides to the public today

    1. I’ll believe it when it actually opens.
      All of a sudden we go from total COVID fear mongering to, oh yeah baby, let’s do free tram rides!

      1. There is absolutely no place for the use of the term “fear mongering” related to this pandemic.

          1. 1,600,000 infected and 100,000 dead (6% fatality rate) in the United States in 3 months is not “fear mongering”.

  1. Did someone forget all the “we are broke” comments from the government, running out of money to help feed the poor, we must borrow money to pay our debts, the proposed tax increases,the social security hospital is in financial jeopardy, city employees are laid off, must remove the subsidies for gasoline for the those regular unemployed, but we have enough money to throw millions down the drain on a tram? This is crazy.
    The tram and its associated costs will run to the airport but we can’t afford air service?
    Would someone care to explain this. Mr. Peter Palace, you don’t seem to get it! Quit wasting money on losers! You will never be reelected with this mentality.

        1. You have no idea about the difference in “sunk cost” and “prospective cost?” Maybe you should educate us on “suck cost” since you know so much about that.

      1. Right. You lose less money if you keep on with the project than you would have had you just written it off. But you still lose money. The difference is, if you write it off it is a one time loss, but if you keep it running the losses are in perpetuity.

        Maybe the national government will be willing to incur additional deficits to keep the Cuenca tranvia going.

        1. Public transit loses money in most cities and it’s subsidized because it’s a public service. You may not be aware of it, but police and fire departments are also money losers.

          1. Exactly Jefferson. Now if you would be so kind, tell me what’s the “public service” that we are being provided that is greater than feeding the hungry and poor if you happen to know.

            1. Public transportation is an essential service, as is education, an area where many expats seem to be lacking.

        2. It is amazing that someone actually gets it! Good job John.
          Now, let’s find another way to fund the needy. I am sure they will need it.

          1. Hahaha, your thinking really makes me chuckle. So you really think the needy will need it. Isn’t that axiomatic? Doesn’t being needy automatically mean they will need it?

            Perhaps there is an on-line course in expository writing you could enroll in.

      2. Jim, no. That is one I haven’t heard of.
        Does it mean blah blah blah because you have already spent money?

      3. Jim, we were discussing prospective costs. The sunk costs you are asking about doesn’t matter now, it is lost and gone.
        The millions of dollars of prospective costs that will never be recouped will continue if the tram is allow to run.
        Did you ever hear of the basic financial term called “prospective cost?”

  2. I just had my first ride and it was fabulous. Quick and smooth and only a five minute wait for my return train. It was running over capacity with some people standing.

  3. I would imagine a few Venezuela tourists will be enjoying a ride today. I would hope those old coots in the expat community that have been pushing this monstrosity for years will assume the incremental risk of contagion from the coronavirus and ride this sucker today.

    1. Since you won’t be riding the rest of us should be safe. Like Sarah’s, my train was at fall capacity and SRO. The attendant told me ridership was much heavier than they expected.

      1. Based on your report, I would say the free train ride is drawing an agglomeration of people that represents an offense to public safety.
        Hopefully the ladies on Facebook are taking photos of any outrages that may be underway on the tranvía.

      2. Swami, don’t go near it since it is at capacity. I wouldn’t know where I could park my car SAFELY. I wouldn’t know where I could ride to that would be of interest. Cemetery? Oh, it is closed. SRO

    2. I agree Swami! I hope all of them crowd in and ride everyday until they drop. Don’t worry though, they can take a taxi to the hospital if it is still operational.

      1. You have so much to add to these discussion. Based on the number of down-votes you have accrued, you seem to be very popular.

        May I remind you of your hypocritical complaint about those whose comments had nothing to do with the underlying article?

    1. It was all locals on the train I was on –except for me. Like the other two riders said, all available seats were taken. Great ride and now I can get to my favorite Supermaxi at Miraflores from El Centro.

      1. There were two other riders and all seats were taken? Then, only three seats. Right?

    2. From it’s inception, tranvia was meant to confirm Cuenca’s arrival as “the” cosmopolitan wonder in EC’s outback. A taste of European sophistication to help justify relocating to this hip third world utopia. Sounds like an IL pitch!

      1. I think it will be a boon for tourism. Imagine, a family scanning the internet for a place to go on vacation and they stumble across Cuenca. They all exclaim in unison, “Cuenca, Ecuador has a red train to ride. Let’s go there!”

        1. It might help tourism a little but mostly it will be for the locals. Once they ride it, they’ll keep coming back. Gringos too, tourists or otherwise. It’s a fab ride.

          1. To where? The defunct air service? The bridge to nowhere seems to be a popular destination, but wait, nowhere near the tram, how about the rivers, nope!, the parks, nope!, the hospitals, nope! the bank accounts of the people that ripped off Cuenca to build this fiasco? You got it baby!

  4. Pix, Kim, Judy- this is the 1 in 20 rule. Another shining example. A fly has anger, in Latin, English, or even Swahili.

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