The Department of Infrastructure has admitted that the project to improve Sanctus’ subway system, by adding one further tunnel and a number of new cross links, has had an impact on other public transport options in the nation’s capital.
With most of the subway closed on a day to day basis, Department officials have conceded that the light rail and bus routes that are adjacent to the underground system have been at 150% over-capacity for at least the last six month. With the project already running over budget and over time, the same civil servants have said that commuters should expect further crammed commutes until at least January 2020.
The city’s subway system, currently consisting of 16 lines, and over 300 stations, is adding a further tunnel to its network, connecting the east city 5 Line with the west city 12 line. The tunnel, which is expected to ease cross city congestion by about 35%, is being built under five existing lines, necessitating them to be closed during tunnelling and engineering works. Unfortunately for Sanctus’ denziens, this means the lines are closed from 6am to 9pm – leaving an entire day with an estimated million travellers having to find other routes to work.
Governing-Mayor of Sanctus, Katherine Dwight, has said that her city’s Public Works and Transport department is doing its best by providing replacement buses along the routes, but as the tunnel is being done by the federal government, they have to help pick up the slack. “They are forcing us to provide further options, without giving us any funding to do so. This means that we’re impacting other vital areas, just to ensure the city can continue working”, Dwight said earlier today when requested for comment.
In response to Dwight’s comments, officials in the federal Department for Infrastructure said that from January 2020 the tunnel would be transferred to the City-State of Sanctus’ responsibility but until then, the Department had an interest in ensuring it was completed in as quick a time as possible, without it running too much more over-budget. Officials also said they hoped that the work necessitating the closure of the above-lines during peak-times would soon be ended, as other remedial and engineering work can be done safely regardless of the operation of other lines.