• Quito, Ecuador

City Summary

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador and is the one which is closest to the equator. It is also one of the highest capitals in the world (2850 m above the sea level). Quito is active in the creation of a sustainable mobility within the urban area, which allows everybody to feel safe and comfortable by using different and interconnected ways of transport.

This is a significant contributing factor to the considerable 23.0% share of private transport utilization in the city’s modal split. Moreover, while today 35% of roads in Quito are exceeding their capacity by traffic, it is estimated that this figure will continue to growif the trend remains the same. Another problem that affects greatly the mobility of the city is its unarticulated urban form and lack of urban compactness. Quito is working to create sustainable mobility mainly based on public transportation system to make everybody feel it is inclusive, convenient, and comfortable to use different and interconnected systems of public transport there in Quito, while at the same time developing urban plans to structure a multicentral city where the number and time of motorized trips are reduced. This approach also helps the City reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in Quito.

Targets/ Vision

The mobility goals for Quito are the creation of an integrated and accessible public transportation being articulated by the first metro line (in construction) acting as an axis to which the cable car system, existing BRTs and other modes such as bicycle routes and pedestrian are connected. Moreover, the city targets the enhancement of the public transport system quality standards; the increase of the share of public transport in the city’s modal split through expanding the capacity and coverage of the system; the integration of transfer points (interconnectivity of the system), and also the promotion of utilizing renewable energies for the public transport fleet in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in mobility sector are achieved. At the same time, urban development plans to locate more families where urban nodes are created around the metro stations to ensure greater demand of the service while providing better living conditions for the people of Quito. The major targets that the City are as follows:

  • To improve the capacity of public transport and fill the gap between the supply and demand for transportation.
  • To enhance interconnectivity of the public transport system, improve the quality and safety.
  • To prioritize, promote, and consolidate road safety to minimize the road accidents, and therefore the number fatalities.
  • To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the mobility sector through promoting and improving public transportation and reducing car dependency in Quito.
  • Completion of ongoing construction of the city’s first metro line, which consists of 22 kilometers of tunnels and 15 stations, with estimated capacity of transporting some 400,000 passengers daily in this linear formed city.
  • Creation of a cable car system for those varied topographical suburbs as a complementary component to the public transportation system.

Achieved results


  • Maintaining the quality of sidewalks to quality standards.


  • Development of 45 km of cycling lanes which has promoted cycling in some neighborhoods of the city.
  • Public Bike sharing system, BiciQuito, in 2012 with 658 bicycles and 297 electric bikes

Public Transport:

  • Construction of the 23 km long metro system with 15 stops to be completed in 2019
  • Increased the bus fleet, including 80 double-articulated buses (Euro III), which have improved the capacity and the quality of public transportation.

City Statistics

Population (2010)
Area (in sq. kms)

Modal split (2011)

  • Walking 15.4%
  • Cycling 0.3%
  • Public transport 61.7%
  • Personal Car 22.6%


By 2025, maintain modal share of public transport to at least 70%.

By 2022, decrease the average travel time in transport by at least 5% in relation to the base year 2015.

By 2019, implement at least 20 km of high quality pedestrian networks and increase to 20,000 the number of trips per day by public bicycle.

(PMDOT 2015-2025)

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