Third workshop – Cali Regional Transport Authority [24th of Septembre]

CODATU News Monday 7 October 2019

In February, CODATU launched a technical cooperation in Cali, Colombia, on metropolitan governance in public transport. In partnership with the French Development Agency AFD (through FEXTE funding), the cooperation aims to support local authorities in the implementation of a « Regional Transport Authority » (ART) in the metropolitan area of Cali. The cooperation is part of a broader context of stategic mobility projects for the region currently in development and supported by the French Embassy in Colombia and the AFD through FASEP and FFEM funding : the local train linking Cali and the neighboring municipalities (the project is currently in prefeasability stage, conducted by SYSTRA) and the « Corredor Verde » project which promotes soft mobilities and urban renovation alongside the railway in Cali.


Codatu first workshop took place in May 2019. Its main objective was to understand collectively the potential rol and functioning of a Regional Transport Authority, identify current challenges and imagine scenarios of regional institutional organisation. In July, a second workshop was organized by DVDH-GSD+, the consulting group in charge of structuring the future RTA. It allowed the participants to select 2 preferred scenarios of structuration of the entity, based on the results of the international benchmark and their knowledge of local conditions. This first step of the cooperation involved local, regional and national entities, who showed their willing to build a new organization to respond to regional challenges and implement a Regional Integrated System of Transportation.

The second stage of the cooperation looks to open the process of coconstruction to all the stakeholders involved in regional transport (private operators and users). For this reason, the objective of the 3rd workshop is to define “The role of the RTA in the construction of the future Regional Integrated System of Transportation of Cali”.

Objectives and content

The first objective is to open the process to non-institutionnal stakeholders et create a space for local administrations and private operators to interact on this topic, especially because private operators have been reluctant to support the RTA and train projects that they consider threats to their current business. The testimony of a national Authority and its private public allies (Medellin SITVA) will serve to show participants the steps, results and lessons learned of the construction of a metropolitan system. In particular, they will show how concertation and co-construction were fundamental to achieve the implementation of an efficient integrated system.

The second objective is to deepen the understanding of the role of the RTA et the functions it will assume. A presentation on international cases will show the concrete evolutions that will come with the vision of an integrated system. Then a collective exercise will allow participants to work on issues such as fare integration, physical integration, etc. These activities will help them understand what will be the tasks of the RTA and thus, what resources will it need to realize those tasks. Therefore, to end the workshop, DVDH and GSD+ will present the details of the structuration they recommend, that will allow the RTA to be functional and effectively fulfill its missions.

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Partenaires associés

Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agit depuis soixante-dix ans pour lutter contre la pauvreté et favoriser le développement dans les pays du Sud et dans l’Outre-mer. Au moyen de subventions, de prêts, de fonds de garantie ou de contrats de désendettement et de développement, elle finance des projets, des programmes et des études et accompagne ses partenaires du Sud dans le renforcement de leurs capacités.

Les transports constituent un secteur d’intervention traditionnel de l’AFD. Sur la période 2001-2005, l’Agence a mobilisé environ 164 M€ par an en moyenne pour la mise en œuvre de projets dans le secteur des transports (en incluant les projets de développement rural et urbain comportant des activités de transport).

DVDH (Des Villes et Des Hommes)

Villes et des Hommes (DVDH)
est une société spécialisée dans l’assistance aux collectivités dans l’étude puis la mise en place de projets touchant à l’aménagement du territoire et à la mobilité.


Créée en 1969 sous le nom de FDI Pacifico (Fondation pour le Développement Intégral du Pacifique), ProPacifico est une organisation privée à but non lucratif, indépendante et apolitique qui travaille pour le développement durable de la région du Pacifique colombien, en partenariat avec différents acteurs.

ProPacifico agit comme une entité gestionnaire de projets stratégiques, à travers l’identification, la gestion et l’articulation d’initiatives d’intérêt général à fort impact, orientée vers le progrès économique, la durabilité environnementale et la prospérité collective.

ProPacifico is an apolitical, independent, private non-profit organization working for the sustainable development of the Colombian pacific region, in partnership with many stakeholders.

It was created in 1969 as FDI Pacifico (Foundation for the Integral Development of the Pacific Region). Today, ProPacifico acts as a strategical projects management entity, through the identification, management and articulation of high impact initiatives, in the fields of economic development, environmental sustainability and collective prosperity.

Valle del Cauca (Département Colombie)

Le Valle del Cauca est un département situé dans la région du Pacifique colombien dont la capitale est la ville de Cali et qui a une population de 4,5 millions d’habitants.

Valle del Cauca is a department located in the Colombian Pacific region. The capital city is Santiago de Cali and the department has an approximate population of 4,5 millions inhabitants.