September 30, 2020. The Community of Madrid, Spain, continues to expand the fleet of sustainable vehicles in the network of urban and interurban buses of the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium. Today, 16 new buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) start operating, serving four lines that run through Leganés, Arroyomolinos, Getafe and Fuenlabrada.
The new CNG vehicles allow reducing CO2 emissions by 20% and those of particles and nitrogen oxides by 85% compared to those that use diesel as fuel. In addition, they reduce noise by 50% compared to the levels of a conventional unit.
These 16 buses, which have involved an investment of 3.8 million euros, are going to be incorporated into various lines operated by the Martín company. Specifically, line 496 (Fuenlabrada – Moraleja de Enmedio – Arroyomolinos – Xanadú), 484 (Leganés Central Station – Madrid), 488 (Leganés – Getafe Norte) and the L-1 urban line of Leganés (Vereda de los Estudiantes – Barrio de la Fortuna).
Currently, the interurban bus fleet of the Regional Transport Consortium, made up of 2,061 vehicles, has 27.7% of units powered by alternative fuels, such as natural gas and electric hybrids. The fleet has an average age of 4.5 years and is 100% accessible.