Mexico City Presents New Natural Gas Bus Service

| Mexico, Mexico City

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard presents the natural gas bus project.

Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, Head of Government of the Federal District of the United Mexican States since December 2006, has presented an Executive Project introducing a public transport route connecting San Jerónimo and Santa Fe, using natural gas buses. The service, known as Eco Bus Line 2, will operate toll-free on the Poniente highway as part of the city’s investment in reduction of transport-derived emissions.

Eco Bus Line 2 will operate 40 new units running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), representing a fast, safe, affordable, and efficient transport alternative. The Mayor said it is expected to transport around 5 million passengers per year.

The local Executive authority highlighted that the City Governments seeks public transport to meet the highest possible standards in emission reduction, given the “risk” posed by global warming.

Head of the General Office for Passenger Transport (Red de Transportes de Pasajeros, RTP), Mr. Arturo González Vega, emphasised that this system promotes sustainable mobility due to its environment friendly technology, which will contribute towards an average yearly reduction of around 3,430 tons of CO2. Furthermore, he said, the new buses will cut smoke emissions by 100% and CO emissions by up to 99.98%, among other gases.

Marcelo Ebrard was awarded the 2010 World Mayor Prize for his outstanding leadership on climate issues.

(This article compiled using information from a City of Mexico press release)

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