According to official sources, the new mass transit’s major route would be operational early next year. Trials with both diesel and CNG buses in order to establish which one is the most convenient fuel have been recently undergone. “In terms of environment protection, there is no doubt: compressed natural gas is a better solution. In addition, it is 40 percent cheaper than diesel, whose price, at the same time, will increase over the next months,” Secretary Uriarte Zazueta said.
Regarding the purchase of buses, he told Norte Digital: “We had already held talks with World Bank representatives via Banobras in order to finance the acquisition of the buses. They were very clear about the fact that if it is a clean technology, such as compressed natural gas, credit conditions will be completely better, because they use international environmental funds. What we want is to contribute to the system and to air quality improvement.”