First double-decker buses arrive for Mexico City BRT line

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The first six of the 90 double-decker buses that will serve Mexico City's seventh Metrobús BRT line have arrived in the Mexican capital.

The buses where unveiled by Mexico City mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera during a ceremony held on July 26, which was attended by UK government officials.

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The remaining buses are expected to continue arriving gradually through September.

The new vehicles were purchased via an agreement with the British government, which provided financing, technical and logistical support.

According to Mancera, using the double-deckers will help reduce the number of daily car journeys in the city by 22,000, given that the passenger-carrying capacity of each bus equals that of 108 private vehicles.

The Enviro 500, 2017 model buses are equipped with Euro VI technology and were manufactured in the UK by English firm Alexander Dennis Limited.

Authorities claim that the technology used in the new vehicles will prevent over 19,000t of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.

The new vehicles will replace 180 buses currently circulating between Calzada de los Misterios and Paseo de la Reforma avenue.

The project to build a seventh line for the local Metrobús BRT system was met with controversy from the beginning. Just last month, a judged ordered a temporary halt to construction works on the line resulting from an appeal filed by groups opposing the project. However, construction was resumed a few days later.

The project's detractors argue that the works pose a risk to the natural areas located along the line, as well as to the iconic Paseo de la Reforma avenue and the monuments located in the area. Environmental groups have also questioned the environmental benefits of the buses.

Line No. 7 will serve 100,000 passengers daily and cover 15km, from Indios Verdes to Santa Fe, passing along Reforma Avenue and going through the Gustavo A. Madero, Cuauhtémoc, Miguel Hidalgo, Álvaro Obregón and Cuajimalpa districts of the capital.

The US$98mn project includes construction of 31 passenger stations. The new line will connect to Metrobus lines No. 1, 3, 4 and 6, in addition to lines No. 2, 3, 5 and 7 of the Mexico City metro system.

Progress of the construction works is reportedly at around the 40% mark, with the line set to start operations in October.