The economic implications of the above are reflected in 40% savings in fuel costs; in other words, if the cost of diesel was approximately $170 million (local currency) pesos, nowadays only $90 million are spent on natural gas.
Through an inter-administrative agreement signed between the Municipality of Medellín and Metro, backed by many years of experience operating transport systems, the Company committed to purchasing 20 articulated buses and projected the acquisition of 47 standard (non-articulated) buses, to meet the mobility demands of the people of Antioquia.
Articulated buses currently in operation are Peruvian-made vehicles, especially designed for city use. The Asian chassis is cutting-edge, the American engine renowned for its power and environmentally-friendly technology, and the German gearbox state-of-the-art. These buses travel down a 12.5-long mostly bus-only right-of-way (90%), connecting thousands of users between Aranjuez Station and the University of Medellín Station.
With the standard buses of the South Sub-main Line 2 operations, this expansion of the system will be extended to 170,000 passengers transported a day.
Source: Revista Metro.