Bogotá Bus Rapid Transit system to benefit from major new fleet of environmentally friendly Scania buses
In November TransMilenio in Bogotá selected Scania to deliver 481 Euro VI gas buses.
It has now selected the same manufacturer to supply a further 260, bringing the total to 741.
Bogotá is replacing its earlier Euro II and Euro III vehicles with the latest in low-emission technology.
Scania’s Euro VI gas buses represent a significant leap in cleaner technology compared with these older-generation buses, but also in relation to the more recent Euro V emissions standards.
With the new Scania gas buses, carbon emissions will be up to 20% lower, while emissions of particulate matter will be two to three times lower. Emissions of nitrogen oxide are four to five times lower than Euro V.
The bus network, originally established in the early 1990s, encompasses 12 routes totalling 112km, with 1.7 million passenger journeys taking place every day.
The latest public tender has focused on the 18-station Américas BRT line, which will be operated by Masivo Bogotá.
The new buses will go into operation during the second half of 2019 and first half of 2020.
“This latest big order demonstrates Bogotá’s commitment to substantially reducing pollution,” said Juan Carlos Ocampo, Scania Colombia’s Managing Director.
“We are obviously pleased by the confidence placed in Scania and our low-noise low-emission technology.”
The latest 260 bi-articulated Scania F340 HA 8×2s with 340hp engines have a capacity to carry 250 passengers.
All of the buses will be bodybuilt by the Colombian bodybuilder Superpolo.
Scania will be responsible for providing maintenance services.