People traveling between San José and Desamparados will be able to travel in electric buses – which do not have polluting muffles and are much less noisy – within the framework of the public transport electrification project promoted by the Government of the Republic with the support of international cooperation.
The pilot plan of operation in public passenger transport of two of the three buses donated by the German Ministry of the Environment will be implemented for one year. It will start with the San José-Desamparados-San Rafael route operated by the ATD company, then with the San José-La Unión de TransPlusa route and finally San José-Alajuela (through the INVU) of TUASA.
With this, it seeks to generate the framework conditions and an operation model that can be replicated to electrify public transport in the country.
The third unit donated by the German government will remain in the ICE to carry out tests on other routes with conditions, as well as to have a replacement unit.
To start this phase, an act was held at the bus stop of the Municipality of Desamparados, with the presence of the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado; the First Lady and promoter of electric mobility, Claudia Dobles; the heads of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Rodolfo Méndez; of Environment and Energy, Andrea Meza; from the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity, Irene Cañas, as well as the Ambassador of the Republic of Germany, Martina Nibbeling-Wriessnig.
The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, thanked the international support that, together with the work and inter-institutional effort, today these modern buses are being part of the mobilization of users, thus taking a great first step towards the modernization of the country’s public transport and on the decarbonization route of Costa Rica.
Some of the benefits that people can experience when traveling in electric buses is that they will not perceive noise and will identify fewer vibrations because the bus does not have a combustion engine. In addition, they can find USB drives to charge their cell phones and use the Kölbi Wi-Fi during travel.
The public transport electrification pilot project is a joint effort between the Presidential House, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), the Public Transport Council (CTP), the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP), the selected bus companies, as well as the contribution of the German Cooperation GIZ, the CRUSA Foundation and the UN Environment.
The donation of the three electric buses was made within the framework of the MiTransporte project, executed by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).