According to Santiago Mejia, marketing manager of Gazel, Metroplus (public transport system in Medellin) involves about 500 NGVs in its first stages of the project, but the service for the nearby towns will introduce almost 800 additional buses, which will also have the option to adopt natural gas.
Regarding Sincelejo situation, its Strategic Public Transport System (SEPT, as its Spanish acronym) includes approximately 100 CNG units. “The other cities such as Cartagena, Santa Marta, Monteria, Armenia and Manizales have not yet made the decision to opt for a particular fuel,” clarifies Mejía.
In Bogota, purchasing decisions depend on the bus system operators and “not only on a government policy,” says Gazel executive. Therefore, the firm is planning business meetings with potential operators for the Integrated Public Transport System (SITP, as its Spanish acronym) in order to expound on the benefits of using CNG in buses.
Eduardo Pizano, Naturgas chairman, has also in mind the plan of switching the whole national massive transport system by promoting the advantages offered by this fuel: “The proposal is to have a cleaner environmental agenda for Colombia, specifically in urban areas. We must stop the pollution caused by diesel and change the current fleet.” Pizarro explains that they are making the respective statistical modelling for each transportation system, since investment levels and dimensions are different for each city.