The mayor of Palma Antoni Noguera and the councilor for Mobility Joan Ferrer announced the start of the process for the purchase of 95 new buses of the Municipal Transport Company of Palma (EMT) for a value of 30 million euros. This first phase, financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB), will involve the renovation of half of the buses of the public transport service fleet.
The vehicles, powered by natural gas, will significantly reduce the emission of gases and particulate pollutants into the atmosphere. “One of the parameters that defines modern, European cities, and with values, is sustainable mobility. Investment in the promotion of public transport has been one of the most important milestones of this term in our city,” said Noguera.
The administrative council of the EMT has already approved the specifications of administrative and technical conditions that will allow the start of the renewal of the EMT fleet. Offers may be submitted until the end of March and the contract is expected to be awarded at the end of April. In this way, the first buses will arrive at the end of 2018.
Moreover, Ferrer explained: “The total renewal of the EMT bus fleet was one of the main commitments of the municipal government program.” This progressive transformation will reduce maintenance costs by half and help “enjoy a fleet adapted to the needs of users, based on the use of clean energy and sustainability criteria,” the official added.
Source: EMT de Palma