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Escalators to improve transportation in Colombian shantytown

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A girl goes up the escalators in the Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia on Dec. 26, the day of their inauguration. The escalators are the first of their kind to be installed in a shantytown with high rates of urban violence. It is a system that will transform the mobility of the inhabitants of this district, replacing more than 350 concrete stairways. The escalators are composed of six sections and will benefit 12 thousand users.

According to AP:

Mayor Alonso Salazar said officials from Rio de Janeiro plan to visit Medellin to see if such an escalator would work in that city's favelas, which also cling precariously to hillsides.

Comuna 13 residents came out to celebrate and study the $6.7 million escalator which officials say will shorten the 35-minute hike on foot up the hillside to six minutes. Use of the escalator is free.

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Luis Holguin (L) takes the escalators with his crutch and his daughter Resfa Holguin, at Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia on Dec. 26.

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A woman looks at the escalators in the Comuna 13 neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia on Dec. 26.

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Children play as they take the escalators in the Comuna 13 neighborhood.

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General view of the new escalators located in the middle of an outdoor urban zone in Medellin, Colombia, on Dec. 26. The service is free with the objective of improving the people´s mobility in the sector.

Residents of Medellin, Colombia are celebrating the new escalators that will shorten the 35-minute hike up the hillside to six minutes.