The Masivo Integrado de Occidente (MIO), Cali’s BRT system, has added the first natural gas buses to strengthen its service. This fleet is the first powered by CNG that will roll in the city’s massive transport system and is made up of 21 buses of nine meters long and capacity for 50 people. They were designed to run exclusively on natural gas and have a range of 250 kilometers. They have five CNG tanks located on the roof, to generate greater comfort and space for passengers.
“I am very happy because with these buses we will continue to improve the service of MIO, one of the goals for which we work most in this city. We turn Cali into a pioneer of sustainable mobility by using clean technologies in public transport. In addition, with natural gas buses we are taking care of the air we breathe because this fuel reduces pollution by 98% and the engines emit 30% less noise,” said Cali Mayor Maurice Armitage.
The vehicles, 100% accessible for people with reduced mobility and passengers with wheelchairs, have three doors that allow the ascent and descent of passengers both at street level and on the high platform of the stations. They also come equipped with air conditioning, USB ports for recharging cell phones and a modern system so that the driver can make a diagnosis of the vehicle in real time. They have LED lights inside for better lighting and energy saving, and reverse camera.
“This is one more step that we reach thanks to the MIO’s sustainability plan, which we continue to implement in this administration, whose initial objective was to generate the tools to stabilize the massive transport system and then begin to improve user service. With these 21 natural gas buses we will reduce the waiting times of the users and increase the frequency of passage, as well as improve the punctuality of the service,” said Ingrid Ospina, president of municipal transport company Metro Cali.
The entry into operation of the 21 CNG buses was possible thanks to the joint work between Blanco and Negro Masivo, MIO concessionaire, in partnership with Gases de Occidente (GdO), a subsidiary of Promigas, demonstrating the interest and commitment of the business sector to contribute to the development and sustainability of the massive transport system of Cali.
“We are committed to clean technologies and lead this alliance that allowed us to become the first MIO concessionaire to have in its active fleet these 21 natural gas buses and that are joining the 26 electric vehicles that have been serving since two months,” said Eduardo Bellini, manager of Blanco y Negro Massivo.
“The joint vision to have a city with excellent air quality is based on the use of clean fuels such as natural gas, following guidelines such as those established in the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Policy, Conpes 2018,” said Mauricio Ramírez, General Manager of GdO.
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Source: City of Cali/ Metro Cali