Organización Suma, TransMilenio concessionaire, will begin operating today the first 48 standard 80-passenger buses with Euro VI natural gas engines, of the more than 300 new Scania and Hino eco-friendly vehicles that will be incorporated into the feeder section of the transportation system, to meet the renewal commitments of the Mayor of Bogotá.
These new vehicles will mainly benefit the citizens of the town of Ciudad Bolívar, in the south of Bogotá, and more than one million people who live in the towns of Tunjuelito, Kennedy, Fontibón, Engativá, Chapinero and Usaquén, among other areas of the city. In addition to help improving the service for passengers, the new fleet will contribute to better air quality in the Colombian capital, by reducing emissions of particulate matter due to the latest technology in the engines.
To make the equivalence, 6,000 Euro VI CNG buses emit the same amount of particulate matter as a single old bus with Euro II emission standard for each kilometer traveled.
“At TransMilenio we remain committed to advancing the major projects of the Integrated Public Transportation System of Bogotá and to positioning it as a leader in clean technologies. Furthermore, each new bus represents a new job opportunity, quality of life for a family and better service for users,” commented Felipe Ramírez, General Manager of TransMilenio.
It is important to highlight that with this fleet renewal, Organización Suma has generated more than 600 direct jobs, mostly for drivers from the southern towns of Bogotá, and more than 300 indirect jobs.
The new Scania standard buses (with capacity for 80 passengers) with Busscar bodies feature: quieter engines, isolation of the driver’s cabin to protect him from possible physical attacks and exposure to COVID-19 with independent cabin type design, accessibility platform for people with disabilities (which makes them 100% accessible) and built-in security cameras.
With the entry into operation of the new Suma concessionaire buses, there will be a total of 363 vehicles with natural gas technology, linked so far to the feeder module of the system, thus fulfilling the commitments to renew the vehicle fleet, both in TransMilenio’s trunk and feeder routes.