Mexico City Expands Public Transportation NetworkBy Alejandro Enríquez | Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:26
During the 15th anniversary of the Metrobús system, Mexico City's Mayor announced a new Metrobús line on Circuito Interior, the city's inner highway circuit, which will connect 10 municipalities within the city. The project expects to receive 258,000 daily passengers and public works are expected to begin in 1Q21.
"We are announcing two fundamental projects for the city's Integrated Mobility System: Metrobús line on Circuito Interior, which will be completed in cooperation with concessionaires and will allow 50 interconnection points with Metro, Metrobús and Trolebús systems. The second one is Metrobús Line 3, which will become a zero-emissions line aiming to be operated mainly by electric buses," said Sheinbaum.
SEMOVI's Minister Andrés Lajous highlighted the role the system has brought to prevent traffic jams across the city while leveling up urban mobility. The new Metrobús line will have an estimated investment of MX$2.16 billion (US$95 million). The route will be 46.1km long with 73 stations at street level and three terminals. At the moment the government is conducting the necessary executive projects to start public works in 2021.
Circuito Interior is one of Mexico City's largest avenues whose operation remains private. The project will require close cooperation with companies involved in its administration.
Sheinbaum’s government has announced several projects to strengthen Mexico City's public transportation system to make it an integrated mobility system, which include a new elevated trolley and two cableway lines. You can read more about it here. With these two new projects, the city aims to reduce its environmental impact while creating a public benefit. "Metrobús is one of the city's public transportation system that although complex, brings greater benefits to the city," said Sheinbaum.
As for the zero-emissions bus line, the city government announced that 10 Yutong's electric buses will be used in Line 3. The units are 18m long with a 160 passenger capacity and 565kw/hr batteries with 330km of autonomy.
During the same press conference, Metrobús Director General Samuel Capuano highlighted the MX$3.5 billion (US$154 million) investment to improve the public transportation system. Among the projects are renovated infrastructure, trans-modal and terminal stations, line expansion and bus fleets renewals. The Metrobús project started in 2003, headed by the then Mexico City's Minister of Environment, Claudia Sheinbaum.