The government of the Colombian capital awarded a tender for USD 2.035 million to renew the fleet of 1.162 buses of the TransMilenio public system with environmentally friendly technologies.
The investment will allow incorporating and operating in principle 1.133 new buses that will be powered by Euro V diesel and natural gas, according to the manager of TransMilenio, María Consuelo Araújo.
“We are going to have a massive public transport system with modern technologies that will prevent the pollution of the city is greater, for the benefit of the health of all citizens,” said Araujo at the conclusion of the award of the tender to three consortiums.
The new buses will begin operating in the second half of 2019 and will replace a fleet with diesel technology that will gradually come out of operation after 18 years of service.
Before the end of the year, the government of Bogotá must award a contract for the purchase and operation of another 250 buses, with an estimated value of 187.8 million dollars, which could be electric.
TransMilenio daily moves about 2.5 million passengers in Bogota through a network of 113 kilometers of exclusive circulation for its buses. The Colombian capital of some eight million inhabitants has no metro.