Its name stands for Guatemalan Integrated Bus System, and introduces new bus units and the possibility of prepaying tickets.
Luis Gómez, vice president of the Association of Urban Bus Companies, commented that 5 companies bet on the change in order to provide a top quality service, in which users do not need to carry cash, as they will be using electronic pre-paid cards. Additionally, the driver's unions will enjoy better perks and constant training.
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"Transurbano", a new urban transportation system, will begin in March, serving 200.000 users in Avenida Petapa, Guatemala City.
In February, users will be able to request pre-paid cards (dubbed 'SIGA') at CACs (Customer Service Centers). These cards will be free of charge, and users will recharge them at any of these centers.
Guatemala City's new public transport system uses pre-paid cards.
The first phase of Transurbano, a bus transportation system, will go live this week, in Zones 4, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 21 of Guatemala City, with 168 units.
Authorities commented that the objective of the system is to provide a comfortable, safe way of travelling around the city.
The Legislature has approved a loan to finance the implementation of the "San Salvador Metropolitan Area Transport Program."
These financial resources have been provided with the aim of improving public transportation and transit for passengers in the metropolitan area of San Salvador, with at its core, the implementation of a mass transit system of articulated buses in designated preferential lanes.
The funds are destined for improving the public transportation system in the Salvadoran capital.
The loan, which has a grace period of 4 years, will be paid off over 25 years.
A document from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) reads:
“The project will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of AMSS, by reducing travel time, extending the range and coverage of public transport and providing greater convenience to users as well as contributing to improved air quality. People with low financial resources are the main users of public transport and often have to make longer trips and travel combinations. An integrated system will result in a decrease in transport cost. An ordered transit system, reduced congestion, the use of modern technology buses with low emissions and better use of urban spaces will result in a reduction of CO2 emissions, air pollution and noise levels.”