82.4 F
Mérida
Sunday, October 17, 2021
###

New bus routes shift the noise to once-quiet streets

Latest headlines

COVID cases continue steady decline as vaccines for teens arrive

Yucatán's health ministry reported a steady drop in new cases this week. Daily infections averaged around 208,...

ELLA: Mérida hosts a weeklong international lesbian festival

The grand opening took place at Casa Thó, located in Paseo de Montejo. A special Meet & Greet was held with Diana Deskarados, renowned Youtuber, and Tigre Jimenez, Boxing Champion. 

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...

Massimo Bottura’s community dinner is fighting hunger in Refettorio Mérida

Refettorio is a cultural project designed to offer dining experiences through the transformation of surplus ingredients into nutritious and beautiful dishes.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
A municipal video posted on social media shows city workers at night, in front of Merida’s downtown Chapur, painting in stenciled lines to allow for better pedestrian flow.

“Non-bus streets” became “bus streets” and vice-versa in the Centro today as the first stage of Merida’s Urban Mobility Improvement Plan was put into action.

Today the more than 200 routes that converge in the center of the Yucatecan capital were relocated. Some residents cheered at the newly found peace on their streets.

Others found noise and pollution from idling buses a major annoyance, changing the character of their streets.

“There are going to be a lot of unhappy homeowners,” a Santiago resident told YEL.

The reallocation of bus stops and routes has instantly eased crowding in the heart of the Centro Historico, a bustling area where fear of coronavirus spread is constant.

Merida’s new bus routes unclog the Centro while shifting the traffic to other streets, many residential.

But the buses didn’t disappear, they just moved. Residents on Calle 61 between 42 and 44 told local media that they will formally complain. Aside from pollution and noise, residents there lost the ability to park their cars in front of their homes. Others, with garages, will find them blocked by buses clogging the street.

Bus drivers, however, said their travel times will be reduced as they can skip at least six streets. That will be reflected in lower fuel consumption, some told Punto Medio.

“On Friday I tested the pattern and now the journey from the Centro to Yucalpetén was 20 minutes out and 20 back,” said a driver, who assured that passengers will get used to the new system.

Buses with acrylic dividers can allow passengers in all the seats, although standing will no longer be allowed. Combis with dividers can carry up to 10 people, but only eight without.

Ayuntamerida social media outlets showed road crews at night painting yellow markers in the street to demarcate new pedestrian paths. On Calle 59 between 52 and 50 the delimitation was made with orange cones. Potted trees, indicated in some renderings as creating footpaths, started to appear on Sunday as well.

With information from Punto Medio

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

A private paradise at your Yucatán country estate

A private country estate is all yours in Yucatán. Contact Eric Partney at Mexico International. Ideal for those...

Ermita retreat: Historic charm and modern amenities

This charming retreat has every feature that you picture in your Mérida dream house. Lots of sunlight, high beamed ceilings, and every...

Yucatán’s bars and cantinas forge a new lobbying association

The group, which is now known as Asociación de Cantineros, is already made up of over 120 members but is yet to elect its first president. 

Progreso to host the Americas’ largest shipyard

Yucatán's Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal in Trieste Italy with the executive board of the Italian company Fincantieri. Photo: Courtesy

The Dresden Codex, the great Maya book of the stars

The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book believed to be the oldest surviving book written in the Americas, dating to the 11th or 12th century.

How photographer Mike Diaz captures Yucatán’s unique environment

As Mike grew up, he dove back into nature, researching the environment, wildlife, and space. He understood the process he had to follow in order to achieve the photos he dreamed of.

Live music is back at Yucatán’s restaurants and bars

e measure was put in place over a year and a half ago along with a series of other restrictions to help against the spread of COVID-19.

Monument to the Montejo ‘covered in blood’ once again

A group of protesters staged a demonstration in front of the monument to the Montejo, vandalizing it and chanting anti-colonialistic slogans.

Camino del Mayab connects visitors with Yucatán’s remote communities

Photo: Camino del Mayab The Camino del Mayab, a network of trails that begins in Dzoyaxché, spreads out...

Parque De La Alemán — The bustling heart of one of Mérida’s original neighborhoods

The park, which measures about a full city block, features a roller skating rink, a children's playground, a large esplanade with a musical fountain, green areas, and a stage where artistic and cultural events are frequently held.