GUATEMALA Volvo Buses Latin America is to supply 28 articulated buses to Transmetro as part of its fleet renewal project for the southern axis of the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Guatemala City.
“This sale is reinforcement of Volvo’s leadership on the BRT market. Our buses are recognised for their high level of on-board technology, quality and fuel efficiency, characteristics ensuring safety for passengers and profitability for fleet operators,” said Euclides Castro, Manager of the urban bus line at Volvo Bus Latin America.
Transmetro, a Volvo customer since 1997, is renewing its fleet with Euro 5 technology, which delivers a three-fold reduction in particulate matter emissions and seven-fold NOx (Nitrous Oxide) emissions as compared to the current fleet.
They are B340M models – 20m long with capacity for 180 passengers and are claimed to be up to 6% more economical than existing buses and feature modern Volvo chassis technology, such as disc brakes with ABS/EBS systems, electronic traction and suspension control, retarder and automated gearbox. They are scheduled for delivery in July.
BRT systems offer benefits such as faster and safer trips for passengers, improved vehicle flow by freeing up space on the street grid driven by the reduction in number of buses in circulation as well as fare integration.