Scania will deliver 231 city buses to the Chilean capital Santiago. With this sale, Scania begins operation in the Transantiago integrated public transport system, connecting bus lines and the metro network. The vehicles will begin to run in September and will be operated by Alsacia Express, which has extensive experience in operating buses in different integrated public transport systems throughout Latin America.
Scania will deliver a comprehensive package of products and services to the bus operator, including operational leasing of the vehicles by its Chilean financing company.
“Besides providing training for employees and bus management, including maintenance and repair, the package also includes Scania’s own GPRS monitoring system,” says Silvio Munhoz, Managing Director of Scania Chile.
With 230 hp engines, the low-floor model K 230 4X2 buses meet the European Euro 5 emissions standard and the even stricter EEV standard (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles). The Scania bus chassis will be manufactured by the Brazilian bus bodybuilder Marcopolo.
Launched in 2007, the Transantiago integrated public transport system connects the entire city bus fleet of the Chilean capital and more than 100 kilometers of the metro network. The system comprises local routes, with buses operating within a single zone and routes that connect different areas of the city.