Press Release

Chile starts tender process to renew bus fleet

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Chile starts tender process to renew bus fleet

By the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications ( MTT )

With the publication of the call for tender, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) kicked off the process to renew public transportation system's bus fleet. 

The sale of bidding documents begins on November 21 and will run until December 4. It is part of efforts by the Government to lay the foundations for a new model in the capital's public transport system.

One of the main features of the new model is the separation of the supply of buses from the operation of routes. This will allow the entry of high standard vehicles and establish as a requirement a maintenance plan that guarantees a better travel experience for users throughout the period of the concession.

The tender of Bus Supply will be followed by a second process for the route operation concession (vehicle operation). The split will allow greater oversight of the companies and improved operations, as the size and period of the concession will grow smaller.

“With this new model, we can change companies that do not provide the service that users deserve. We can do that because we can reallocate strategic assets, such as buses and terminals, which will now be managed by the State, to other companies. In this way, we will avoid what is happening today, where companies have more than 1,000 buses and keep complete communities captive if they provide poor service, because the State does not have the possibility of replacing them with another firm with the same number of well-placed buses and terminals,”  said the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt.

Under the new model, the provision of transport services (which will fall on the bus operators) is separated from the supply of the referred assets. This last function, as far as buses are concerned, will fall on the providers of the complementary service of supplying buses "Suppliers", and, as regards the terminals, their provision will fall mainly on the Ministry.

This tender will allow the entry of more than 2,000 buses that will have high demands for comfort, safety, accessibility and connectivity, characteristics that allow to improve the travel experience.

“The buses will have features that users have already been acquainted with the implementation of the Red fleet, such as air conditioning, Wi-Fi, more comfortable seats, USB chargers, low floors, cabins that keep drivers safer, among other improvements,” said Minister Hutt.

To facilitate the process of buying the rights of participation of the interested parties, the MTT authorized a mini-site on itsweb pages where interested parties can obtain details of the bidding conditions, information related to the process and the participants, accredited as such, can post technical consultations established by the bidding process.

The process contemplates the offer of different types of buses, so that they can have a variety that suits different services. The tender includes the possibility of making bids that offer electric technology, diesel, gas or other technologies, with incentives for electromobility, which will be granted a contract for a period of 14 years, whereas other propulsion systems will carry 10-year contracts.

12 lots of different types of buses will be tendered with a supply of more than 2,000 units.

Bus type

Number of buses

A1 or A2 (Bus less than 9 meters)

300 units

B2 (Standard Rigid Bus)

1,370 units

C2 (articulated bus)

360 units

These buses will be delivered to the operators under supply contracts to operate the service units that are in tender. The operating company undertakes to strictly comply with the maintenance plan defined by the bus supplier, the latter being responsible for the certification of compliance with this schedule.


Bidders must deliver a technical offer and an economic offer that in the final evolution will weigh 30% and 70%, respectively. The winners will be those who obtain maximum score in the final evaluation that will be formalized in a Bus Supply Contract for the System.

The Supplier must deliver a maintenance plan to the operators and certify that said plan is carried out in accordance with the maintenance plan.

Tenders must be submitted separately for each lot, using 2 envelopes or packages containing the technical offer and economic offer separately. Offers must be submitted on paper and digital media.

The winner must be established as a company in Chile with a single turn for bus supply, which has no relationship with bus operators and must sign a bus supply contract with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications.

The guarantee of seriousness of the offer will range from 25,000 UF to 135,000 UF depending on the type and quantity of buses required.

The Bidder must prove financial viability with a financing proposal with a bank, financial institution or local investor regulated by the SBIF or CMF, International Financial Institution (BBB- sovereign risk) or Development or Development Agency.


Compliance with operational, environmental, comfort, safety, universal accessibility and technologies that must be included in buses must be ensured.

This includes the introduction of air-conditioned buses, USB chargers, screens for user information, WiFi, segregated cab and cameras for greater security, easy cleaning and other features that aim to deliver a higher quality service.

The buses must have at least one variable information screen inside the bus to warn the stop and stops the user.

The seats should have a high durability padding with armrests in the seats that face the hallway.

Maintain a stable comfort temperature inside the bus between 22 ° C and 24 ° C

The floor must be water resistant and in order to improve the life of this element, antibacterial and antifungal, have thermal and acoustic insulation.

Shielded LED lighting.

It must contain a USB port for every two seats and installed at half height on the sides of the bus next to the seats, comply with the mechanical characteristics necessary to support intensive use of them in simultaneous use of all chargers.

The buses must have universal accessibility, have folding seats, along the area reserved for wheelchairs, space reserved for anchoring wheelchairs, with stop and alarm warning mechanisms that facilitate communication between the user with mobility reduced and the bus driver.

Platform that allows access to users with reduced mobility in one of its doors must be manually operated and kneeling system to facilitate the rise of passengers.

In safety, it must have a segregated cabin for the driver and brake systems must be designed to maximize its useful life, smooth operation and passenger comfort

You must have a Closed Circuit Television and recording to have audiovisual record of all events on board

The glass that surrounds the driver's cabin area must have UV A and UV B filters, in order to reduce the thermal load on the driver and prevent the occurrence of sunburn and the cumulative damage of the skin and eyes

In the case of electric buses, the alternatives of slow charging (215 km) and opportunity charging (50 KM) are established

The state and maintenance of the buses will be subject to a certification process that verifies the correct execution of the maintenance plan, in addition to reviewing the general state of the bus.

Bidding documents can be seen here (in Spanish).

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