Barranquilla, another Colombian green city that rolls out CNG buses
With 13 natural gas standard vehicles, Alianza Sodis began operating the so-called Green Route (Route to Makro), which will connect Soledad with Barranquilla by the Circunvalar corridor. Five additional buses of this type are expected to arrive in November to complete, together with two other existing environmentally-friendly buses, a total of 20 clean technology vehicles for the Green Route.
During the presentation of the new vehicles, the transport companies assured that with these vehicles, the modernization of the massive public transport begins, a task that is part of the commitment act signed by the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, the Metropolitan Area and the bus operators.
The new 13.5-meter buses, which belong to the company Sodetrans SAS, filial of Alianza Sodis, were manufactured by Scania with Marcopolo body, have a capacity for 34 seated passengers and more than 50 standing. They are equipped with Euro 6 CNG clean technology engines, which reduce the emission of polluting gases and are environmentally-friendly.
Juan Carlos Calderón Gómez, General Manager of Alianza Sodis, explained that an investment of more than $ 20 billion was made to complete the 20 new standard buses. “Our goal is to continue to modernize the fleet, in addition to the commitments with the City Hall in the process of integrating the transport of the city and its metropolitan area,” he said.
Moreover, the manager of Gases del Caribe Ramón Dávila Martínez emphasized the importance of the commitment of local authorities to private sector initiatives that benefit citizens. “The cities of the Caribbean coast have an enormous opportunity to demand clean technologies in the renewal of the vehicles of their public and mass public transport systems, in order to acquire clean fleets and remove obsolete buses that generate high pollutant emissions,” he said.
The mayor of Barranquilla Alejandro Char also commented that this is a very important step for mobility and the development of public transport in the city. “This is of great relevance for the city, it will allow us to better organize the public transport system, this is great news for everyone, it places us as a city at the forefront of these important issues,” express.