The 2010 earthquake destroyed the majority of the constructions in the Maule region, including the historical regional capital of Talca (about 200,000 inhabitants). In Talca, schools, commercial, administrative and other buildings had to be reconstructed, which meant that there was also a need and an opportunity to redesign the urban transport system to serve the new city better. The Government chose Talca as a model city for reconstruction with the objective to learn from the experience and to extend useful concepts and features to other cities in the region.
The World Bank’s supported the Government through a grant, which included the following activities:
- review of international experiences,
- diagnostic of Talca's transport system before the earthquake,
- growth forecasts and the definition of future scenarios for the city,
- the preparation of recommendations on urban transport system improvements at the conceptual-strategic level and the organization of the public transport system,
- a detailed analysis of different public transport organization alternatives,
- the preparation of recommendations on urban transport infrastructure, including bus stops, bikeways, pedestrian infrastructure, intelligent traffic lights and more, and
- the preparation of recommendations for similar developments in other Chilean cities.