City Mayor Aníbal Gaviria Correa attended the official opening of the CNG refueling site located in front of the University of Medellín last Friday. The new filling station, which is the eleventh offering the fuel owned by EPM in the metropolitan area, serves 67 articulated and standard buses from Metro Lines 1 and 2. On average, these vehicles refuel two or three times a day in 5 and 7 minutes, respectively.
The filling station has two pumps (one for standard buses and one for articulated buses) and two compressors. The compressor cabin is soundproofed to avoid noise pollution and possible disturbances to area residents. The site opens 24/7 in order to meet the mass transit system and users’ needs.
In the short term, EPM plans to build two natural gas fueling stations to service more Metro bus operations. Besides the station opened last week, EPM has 10 additional CNG sites, which are located in the following places: Oriental Avenue, Belén, Castilla, El Bosque, Exposiciones, Itagüí, La Aguacatala, La 30, Las Vegas and Mayorca.
“In this project, emblematic institutions of our city such as Metro, EPM, Metroplús, Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley and the Goverment of Medellin get together to further achieve a more sustainable city and transportation,” said Mayor Aníbal Gaviria Correa.
Sources: EPM and the Municipality of Medellín.