Argentina Project Management Update for June 2017

Metrobus of 9 de Julio Avenue, PMI Argentina Chapters this month


By Cecilia Boggi, PMP

International Correspondent

Buenos Aires, Argentina


A successful Argentine Project in public transportation has recently received an international award. It’s the Project of the “Metrobus of 9 de Julio Avenue” in the city of Buenos Aires, which was chosen as the “Greatest Achievement of World Transportation” by the International Transport Forum, as it constitutes “a good example of an effective framework of cooperation between diverse actors” of the sector.

The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organization integrated with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which carries out its activities autonomously and the Argentine project was chosen from 57 projects from China, Germany, France, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark and Finland, among others.

The Metrobus is a transportation system that combines traditional and articulated buses with exclusive lanes that reduce travel times and improves environmental quality. In the city of Buenos Aires, the first Metrobus was inaugurated in 2011 on Juan B. Justo Avenue, between Liniers and Palermo districts, and in 2013 the same system was implemented on 9 de Julio Avenue.

When this project began, it generated many controversies because its construction modified the view of the mythical 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world according to the “Porteños”- inhabitants of the city of Buenos Aires-, in the middle of which is the Obelisco, the largest emblem of the city of Buenos Aires. In addition, its construction involved transplanting some old trees that gave personality to that avenue which was also cause for protests by the environmentalists.

However, the project has managed to overcome all obstacles, and today, not only is it awarded internationally, but it is highly valued by the more than 250,000 passengers it transports daily, saving them more than 50% of their travel time, in its 3 kilometers in length.

Photo: Metrobus of 9 de Julio Avenue with a view of the Obelisco. Source: Welcome Argentina.

The Minister of Transportation of the Nation, Guillermo Dietrich, who received the award in Leipzig, Germany, was responsible for the Metrobus project in 2013 when he was Secretary of Transportation of the City of Buenos Aires. According to Dietrich, “The Metrobus transformed forever the mobility in the city of Buenos Aires. It is one of the solutions that give priority to the most respected public transport at local, regional level and that today receives a new international recognition”.

The award for “Greater Achievement of Transport” corresponds to projects that are between 2 and 5 years old and evaluates “the operation, the impact and the efficiency that it has, as real mobility solutions,” the Ministry of Transport said


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About the Author

Cecilia Boggi

International Correspondent
Buenos Aires, Argentina



Cecilia Boggi
, PMP is founder and Executive Director of activePMO, giving consulting services and training in Project Management and Leadership skills in Argentina and Latin America.

After graduating with a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has managed software development projects and PMO implementation projects for more than 20 years both in the government and private sector. Cecilia has an Executive Master in Business Administration from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Spain and also has graduated from an Executive Program in Business Management at Universidad del CEMA. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential since 2003, is certified as SDI Facilitator from Personal Strengths©, is a Professional Executive Coach accredited by Association for Coaching, UK, and alumni of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2012. Ms. Boggi is Past President of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter, and is a founding member of the PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter and PMI Santa Cruz Bolivia Chapter. She has been designated by PMI in the role of Mentor of Region 13, Latin America South, for the years 2014-2016. Cecilia has participated in the development of PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition, leading the Chapter 9, Human Resource Management, content team and she is professor of Project Management and Leadership in some Universities and Institutes in Latin America.

She can be contacted at mailto:[email protected] and http://www.activepmo.com/

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