Bogotá signs cooperation agreement with Consorcio R. de Transportes de Madrid

David Pérez, president of the CRTM, and Mayor Claudia LópezPhoto: Mayor's Office of Bogota
David Pérez García, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and President of the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium; and Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotá, at the signing of the cooperation agreement.
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Mayor Claudia López met with directors of the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium (CRTM, as per the acronym in Spanish) with the purpose of signing a cooperation agreement to promote the exchange of knowledge on issues of planning, management, and co-financing of multimodal transport systems at the regional level.

The CRTM is the body responsible for managing all transport modes and operating companies to provide a multimodal system to users in the Community of Madrid.

Mayor López thanked the CRTM for its support in the process of structuring Regional Mobility Agency of Bogotá and its surrounding region. “Bogotá is pursuing the generation of a formula that allows us to achieve stable governance with the region to structure long-term projects that ensure quality, sustainability, economy, and transport efficiency. For this reason, the experience that Madrid has accumulated sincethe creation of the consortium is a reference of great importance for the creation of the transport authority of the Bogotá Region”, said the Mayor.

The collaboration between the CRTM and Bogotá dates back to a series of technical sessions with the Ministry of Mobility focused on the issues of 24/7 service practices for public transport, municipal tow trucks, public bicycle service, electrification, and clean fuels for its fleet.

For his part, David Pérez García, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and President of the CRTM, stressed that “this instrument will not only facilitate the transfer of the lessons learned in Madrid to Bogotá, but will also allow the consortium to learn from Bogotá’s experience.

Collaboration opportunities between Bogotá and Madrid

Mayor López also held a meeting with her colleague from Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida. During this session, opportunities for cooperation in social policy, sustainable mobility, and a gender approach were explored.

Likewise, Mayor López participated in the dialogue 'A Glocal Look at Transformative Solutions', where she spoke with the former president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, about the work of local governments in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the panel, Rodríguez Zapatero said that “Latin American cities have a social force to get behind sustainability and to work for it. Bogotá is a great example of this, as is the work of the Mayor who in each message promotes the important idea that peace is the most important index of development”.

As part of the agenda in Madrid, Mayor López also met with the Government delegate for the Community of Madrid, Mercedes González Fernández; with  councilor José Aniorte Rueda, leader of the Madrid Family, Equality, and Social Welfare Government Area together with his management team; and with the spokespersons for the Más Madrid Group, Mónica García and Rita Maestre.

This series of meetings sought to develop an exchange of experiences on social policies focused on well-being and overcoming poverty through care strategies as a structuring axis.