Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín


For a few weeks, the Mexican state of Jalisco has been announcing what will be the beginning of a revolution in urban transport in Guadalajara, as the capital of the state and the connection with other neighboring cities such as Zapopan and Tonalá. A few days ago, the articulated Mercedes-Benz units began to arrive, built in Pereira by Busscar de Colombia for the Mi Macro Periférico system and since July 4, the first urban route operated 100% with electric buses, the route C98.

38 electric units manufactured in China by Sunwin, corresponding to the SWB6868BEV model, with 20 seats and a maximum capacity of 58 passengers in a length of 8.6 meters. The vehicles have a Siemens electric motor, Dana axles, air suspension and a weight of around 13,000Kg.

Route C98 in Guadalajara will cover the journey from the Periférico Norte station of Line 1 of Mi Tren, to the University Center of Tonalá (CuTonalá). They will be conducted by 43 women and 36 men, who for three weeks received training to become part of the personnel that will serve in these units and become familiar with the new technology. Additionally, they will have a collection system through the My Mobility card.

These buses also run in countries such as Pakistan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Colombia. They are units that generate five times less noise than other diesel or gas buses, are more comfortable, have air conditioning and have an integrated ultraviolet disinfection system, and are low-floor for great accessibility.

Mi Transporte Eléctrico is part of the Integrated Mobility Model in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area made up of lines 1, 2 and 3 of Mi Tren, the units of Mi Transporte, Mi Macro Calzada and soon Mi Macro Periférico, as well as the bicycle system public MiBici. This C98 route has a frequency of every 12 minutes, and the complete route from point to point takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Starting the first service at 5:00 and the last at 22:20

The current demand for the corridor is 12,500 passengers per day, but the system is capable of increasing the capacity to 15,000 people by connecting the route with the airport and even mobilizing 20,000 people. This is the first step to reach the goal by 2030 to renew 100% of public transport units with low-emission technology operating under new, more efficient user service schemes.

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