YEAR: 2010-2014
city: Mexico City
-Operation design and planning
-Business model design
-Operation program design
-Operation kick-off
-Smart Passenger software system design

What We Did

The Ciudad Azteca Modal Transfer Station (Centro de Transferencia Modal or CETRAM), was first envisioned in 2005. A previously exposed, chaotic, unsafe, and uncomfortable transfer depot existed between the terminal station of Line B of the Mexico City subway system, and several thousand buses and vans that connected passengers with their points of origin throughout the State of Mexico. UTL, in collaboration with COMURSA and Grupo PRODI, coordinated the redevelopment of the site into a world-class Modal Transfer Station that now serves over 140 thousand transit users per day.

UTL was charged with all aspects concerning mobility, including consultation on the architectural design of the transfer area, negotiations with private transportation service providers, negotiations with relevant government agencies. Additionally, UTL designed and developed the software platform for the operation and automated payment system of the new CETRAM.

How We Did It

Prior to the development of the Mexipuerto Cd. Azteca, no other Modal Transfer Station had yet been designed and built for the connection between any Mexican subway system and the privately-owned bus networks present in all urban areas of the country. UTL, therefore, was tasked with adapting international design and operational models for its use in Mexico. Additionally, a new solution for the automated operation and payment of poorly-regulated, low quality bus transport was designed and developed by UTL, referred to as the Smart Passenger system. Construction of CETRAM Cd. Azteca began in 2007, with first operations beginning in December of 2009.