Colombian city Medellín's state-owned subway firm Metro de Medellín plans to launch a trial of the city's Metroplús integrated mass transport system in July, a Metro de Medellín spokesperson told BNamericas.
Metroplús SA, the state-owned firm in charge of building the infrastructure necessary for the plan, is due to complete construction of bus stops and exclusive lanes for a bus rapid transit (BRT) system by the end of April.
Once all the lanes are built, Metro and Metroplús will launch tests using a gas-operated articulated bus. The second phase of the trial will involve tests using buses rented from other cities with BRT systems.
Metro will purchase buses later this year and expects to receive them by December, Metro head Ramiro Márquez told press earlier this week. The buses, both regular and articulated, will run on natural gas, and are expected to cost some 35bn pesos (US$18.4mn).
On January 19, Metro de Medellín's board of directors agreed that Metro would become the sole operator of Metroplús, following a proposal submitted by Medellín mayor Alonso Salazar.
Salazar made the request after failing to reach an agreement with current bus owners regarding their participation in the transport system, BNamericas reported previously.