Mexico City: Launch of Electric Metrobus Line 3

Mexico City authorities set the goal of modernizing public transportation to benefit citizens who need to commute to work because it is the best option economically; but also to promote sustainable mobility and contribute to climate goals.

In this sense, the Head of Government of the Mexican capital, Claudia Sheinbaum launched line 3, the first line of electric metrobuses.

This fleet of 60 environmentally friendly buses, which does not generate smoke or noise pollution, will travel from Tenayuca to the town of Santa Cruz Atoyac, with an investment of 900 million pesos.

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Companies Involved

Mobility ADO, the company that through Movilidad de Vanguardia has the concession for the operation of Metrobus Line 3, received financing from Santander Mexico for the renewal of the bus fleet. The overall investment for the replacement of diesel buses with electric buses was 900 million pesos.

Enel was the company in charge of deploying the electrical infrastructure needed to recharge the batteries of the 60 buses, which is located in a lock-up yard in front of the Jupiter station on Line 3.

There, 25 chargers were installed, which required an increase in electrical power from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

The 60 electric articulated buses, the only ones of their kind in the world, were manufactured by the Chinese company Yutong, which has also won several tenders to supply new trolleybuses for the Mexico City Electric Transport Service and electric buses for the Passenger Transport Network (RTP).

Authorities’ Support

During the presentation of the fleet, Sheinbaum said she felt very excited because a little more than 20 years ago, she pushed for the implementation of the first Metrobus line.

“Back then, they told us that it was impossible to work with the transport concessionaires, that it was not going to be possible to transform the microbuses into a transport network with an efficient company, here is Jesús Padilla with whom we did the first Metrobus and RTP line.”

For his part, the Mobility Secretary, Andrés Lajous detailed that every day, Metrobus Line 3 offers service to almost 200 thousand users per day, so these units will benefit an equal number of capital citizens who travel from Tenayuca to Santa Cruz Atoyac in the country’s capital.

The replacement of 60 diesel articulated buses with electric buses implies the reduction of more than 7,500 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to planting more than 45 thousand mature trees.

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