Many proposals since 1990s
The Colombian National Agency of Infrastructure (ANI) is interested in building a High Speed rail link as part of Colombia's '4G Modernization' and construction could start by 2020. The Transport Minister has said that plans and studies for the bullet train will commence under this year.
However, Colombia has the smallest train ridership of any large Latin American nation. There have been many proposals since the 1990s when Japanese firms wanted to build a bullet train network from Bogota to nearby cities, but these projects were cancelled.
The Colombian railway network has a total length of 3,304 km. There are 150 km of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge connecting Cerrejón coal mines to maritime port of Puerto Bolivar at Bahia de Portete, and 3,154 km of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge of which 2,611 km are in use.
The state-owned railway company (National Railways of Colombia) was liquidated in the 1990s. Since then the only passenger trains are tourist trains on the Tren Turistico de la Sabana between Bogotá and Zipaquira. In addition a funicular operates up the mountain of Monserrate in Bogotá.
Source: Colombian National Agency of Infrastructure (ANI).
Colombian National Agency of Infrastructure
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