BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri said Tuesday that his public works policies “mean progress” and not “corruption,” as in the past, and that his administration was working for everyone and not just the affluent.
“We are committed to starting projects on the dates we promise and completing them on the dates we say,” Macri said during the inauguration in downtown Buenos Aires of the dedicated Metrobus lane.
Infrastructure projects like Metrobus, which will benefit more than 300,000 people, “show a different way of doing things with quality works to improve people’s lives,” the president said.
The dedicated Metrobus lane that opened on Tuesday is the eighth added to the capital’s network, runs 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) and has 25 stops, connecting to 30 other routes and revitalizing the Retiro, Puerto Madero and San Telmo neighborhoods.
Work on the project began on Nov. 2, 2016, and, according to the government, will provide commuters with a time savings of 45 percent.
“This is synonymous with improvement and progress, and not with corruption, as has been the case with other public works projects. It means we have taken care of the people’s money and done things that truly improve their lives, because we all struggle to pay taxes,” Macri said.
Authorities are investigating bribes allegedly paid by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to win the contracts for the project during the 2007-2015 administration of President Cristina Fernandez, and several former government officials are being prosecuted on corruption charges.