The Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, and the governor of Puebla, Tony Gali, launched the Comprehensive Public Transport Financing Program and the Federal Support Program for Mass Transit, which will allocate 5 billion pesos to renew the vehicles and thereby benefit the inhabitants.
“This program, in the first stage, only commits more than 5 billion pesos in actions to modernize mass transit and public transport through taxis only in the case of Puebla, with the guarantees and the support of the state government,” said Meade Kuribreña. “The program will also consider the State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Morelos, San Luis, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas and Mexico City. As long as it is successful, it will be able to expand, as more states and more operators join,” he added.
In the Comprehensive Public Transport Financing Program, the Development Banking is involved through Nacional Financiera (Nafin) and the private sector. It is anticipated that in a first stage the financing of the renewal of more than 10,500 taxis can be financed through the acquisition of new units or their conversion to the use of natural gas. It will also renew 1,200 buses, thereby promoting the purchase of natural gas vehicles, and will allocate at least 100 million pesos for the installation of CNG stations.
Meade Kuribreña said that this scheme is consistent with the Federal Support Program for Mass Transit announced by the government. He pointed out that these actions will reduce pollution emissions, because it contemplates the migration to the natural gas fuel system, which will contribute to the protection of the environment.
The secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Rafael Pacchiano, explained that in Mexico the public transport contributes 26% of carbon dioxide. Hence the importance for Semarnat to work with this sector to convert the fleets to natural gas. “With this project we will not only favor people to have access to cheaper and safer modes of transport, but we will also improve the quality of air that people breathe in these cities,” he said.
“We will continue investing every day more so that the public transport of the state becomes an international and national reference but, above all, in one of the best examples that the local people can reach,” said Gali. The governor also stressed that, in coordination with the Government of the Republic, more than 3,000 units of the public transport can be gradually modernized.
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Source: Federal Government / State of Puebla