Chile's transport and telecommunications ministry (MTT) and local concessionaire Alsacia have inaugurated a fleet of 43 new buses for capital Santiago's mass transport system, Transantiago.
The new buses, which measure 12m and carry 101 passengers, cost some US$10mn, MTT reported on its website. The buses will replace older vehicles and are expected to lower emissions and require less fuel to operate.
Alsacia will operate the buses on routes in the Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Lo Espejo and downtown Santiago districts.
New buses are part of MTT's 15-step improvement plan for Transantiago, which has been plagued by design and implementation problems since it was first introduced in 2007.
In September, the ministry reached an agreement with members of opposition party Concertacion to provide a US$400mn subsidy for the system, which has a deficit of US$700mn.