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Dominican subway debuts with president leading tour for national television audience

Dominican subway debuts with president leading tour for national television audience

The Dominican Republic's capital debuted its new subway Wednesday, with President Leonel Fernandez taking lawmakers and a national television audience on the first official ride.
Fernandez, who led the tour after his annual Independence Day address to Congress, waved to cameras through the windshield of a gleaming subway car.
The 9-mile (14-kilometer) line later opened for public tours, but many of the 16 stations are still under construction. Officials say the system won't open to commuters for at least six months.
Dominicans crowded around televisions and gathered along sections of above-ground track to better glimpse the multicolored cars, built by French manufacturer Alstom S.A.
Fernandez's chances for re-election this May depend partly on response to the subway, which had an initial price tag of US$710 million (euro472 million) _ or more than 2 percent of the Caribbean nation's gross domestic product. He has promised it will modernize Santo Domingo, the capital, and slow emigration to places such as New York.
Critics say the money should have gone to fighting poverty or power outages. Several opposition lawmakers boycotted the debut subway ride.


Updated : 2021-05-06 07:19 GMT+08:00