With the entry into operation of the noth concession, awarded to SÍ18, 140 articulated buses with Euro VI natural gas engines entered into operation in Bogotá’s BRT system TransMilenio. With the renewal of the fleet of phases I and II, most of the incoming buses will feature Euro VI natural gas technology. These 140 buses, which have a range to cover routes of more than 350 kilometers, will mainly serve 1, 4, 6, CF19 and DH21 routes.
In total 1,162 (10 bi-articulated and 1,152 articulated) vehicles, with Euro II and Euro III emission standards, will abandon the system and will be replaced by 1,441 buses (477 articulated and 964 bi-articulated), of which 51% run on natural gas. Compared to the replaced fleet, the new Euro VI CNG buses will allow to reduce particulate matter by 99.9%.
The arrival of the 140 TransMilenio natural gas buses is the second delivery of the 1,441 new buses for the fleet renewal of phases I and II, a process that began on June 17 with the entry into operation of the first 336 vehicles corresponding to Patio Tunal, and that will be done gradually until the middle of next year.
Debuting an NGV fleet is a historic milestone for TransMilenio, as it is a significant step in the search for cleaner and more environmentally friendly technologies. With the arrival of these buses, Bogota is also positioned among the 5 cities with the cleanest BRT system fleet in the world. In addition, with the infrastructure that is being built, TransMilenio will have the largest natural gas bus refueling network in Latin America.