Puerto Vallarta’s new bus fleet
This January Puerto Vallarta presented the public with its new bus models. Three hundred and twenty-seven new units should be in operation by this August.
“The goal is to replace 100% of the old buses no later than the month of July or August” according to Servando Sepúlveda Enríquez, Secretary of Mobility.
The new buses are being produced by DINA, a Mexican automotive producer of heavy duty and specialty vehicles, and will have air conditioning, security cameras, information screens and a payment system for prepaid cards. The winning operation company (in a second contest), is Transportes Unidos Costa Pacífico. According to an official, the company demonstrated that it has already signed the prepayment contract corresponding to the purchase of the 327 units of natural gas, to cover the entire transportation service in Puerto Vallarta.
The new public buses will run on gas, lowering pollution in the city. Drivers will also be trained to meet all the requirements of Jalisco’s Department of Transportation and to ensure that drivers no longer speed to pick up passengers. In addition, a new night service with a transportation starting at midnight will be added to provide service industry workers with safe transportation during the hours that many locals travel to work at hotels, restaurants, tours, etc. The Buho (owl in Spanish) will operate the main routes of Puerto Vallarta.