VOLVO SELLS 120 BI-ARTICULATED CHASSIS FOR BOGOTÁ’S BRT SYSTEM
Press Release: Volvo Buses
Volvo Buses has sold more than 120 bi-articulated chassis to be used in Transmilenio, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system of Bogotá, Colombia. The vehicles were purchased by the operator Consorcio Express S.A.S, that last year already bought 67 Volvo articulated and conventional chassis.
“This sale reinforces Volvo’s absolute leadership in BRT buses not just in Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America, and displays the unmatchable quality and suitability of our vehicles for the system,” stresses Luís Carlos Pimenta, president of Volvo Bus Latin America.
With this deal, Volvo reaches 75% share in Transmilenio. Of the new vehicles, 60 will be delivered by the end of this year and the remainder in early 2013. The chassis are model B340M bi-articulated high floor, with capacity for over 250 passengers and will circulate on the trunk axes of Transmilenio’s third expansion phase. The trunk axes are dedicated lanes for high capacity express buses (articulated and bi-articulated).
The inclusion of these buses in the system will increase the number of lines available and the transport capacity of Transmilenio. “The new buses will improve the quality of transportation and, consequently, the quality of life of the population of Bogotá”, affirms Pimenta.
Bogotá’s Transmilenio is the most modern and advanced BRT system in the world. The system has over 100 bus stations and transports every day 1.6 million passengers in 266 districts.
“The acquisition of high capacity transportation chassis reinforces Transmilenio as a reference in BRT. The deployment of high capacity vehicles represents an excellent option for increasing and optimizing mass transit, as it reduces travel time and increases the number of passengers transported,” says Alexandre Selski, commercial manager for the Volvo Group Colombia.
The new buses already have SCR technology and are compliant with the Euro V emission standards, which also offers the citizens of Bogotá less emissions and, consequently, cleaner air.