SANTIAGO – Chilean President Sebastian Piñera presented on Wednesday new low-emission buses that will serve Santiago residents and will gradually replace the old, rundown, buses of the Transantiago public transport system.
“A civilized country needs a high-quality public transport system that is safe, inexpensive, clean and sustainable,” the president said during an event to present the first of the 3,000 new buses.
Besides the new conventionally powered buses, the capital is to get a fleet of electric vans.
“We will soon have 200 electric vans on the streets of Santiago,” Piñera said.
The president said that the initiative seeks to replace “the sadly famous Transantiago” public transport system, which was created in 2007, with a new system “that has been named Third Millennium Transport.”
During the event, Piñera examined and boarded one of the new vehicles, which meet the Euro-6 standards for low emissions and fuel economy.
“Half of the buses in Santiago will have new, clean and high-quality technology,” the president said, who was accompanied by the minister of transportation and telecommunications, Gloria Hutt.
Piñera also said that the new buses will have internal amenities, such as USB ports, a WiFi connection and air conditioning.