CDMX.- The head of the Government of Mexico City, claudia sheinbaumstated on Monday that the Iztapalapa Elevated Trolleybuswhich began operational testing yesterday, will be up and running after October 15.
“We estimate that after October 15 it will be able to be operated, and we will be giving the dates for the start of operations in the coming days,” Sheinbaum said at a press conference.
The mayor of Mexico City said that they hope that after October 15 the operational tests will be completed and the Elevated Trolleybus will start operating, whose rate will be similar to that of Cablebus.
“The same as the cablebus. People are not going to pay more than what they use today to get around Ermita Iztapalapa,” he asserted.
He also responded to criticism from PAN deputies, who accused the Mexico City government of delivering an unfinished work. “They are going to criticize what we do,” argued the UNAM scientist.
Sheinbaum mentioned that the operators will be trained for a month, so the service will not operate until all are trained, at the request of the Electric Transportation System.
In the morning, the president of the capital warned that once the Elevated Trolleybus is in operation, all the microbuses that circulate in Ermita Iztapalapa will disappear.
“All the Iztapalapa minibus concessionaires bought trolleybuses and they will also be circulating in the upper part, in addition to the trolleybuses of the city government’s Electric Transportation system,” Sheinbaum pointed out.
In an interview with Radio Formula, the mayor of Mexico City stressed that from the start of operations of the Elevated Trolleybus, the minibuses will no longer circulate in that area and will be scrapped.
He specified that for every 18 microbuses there will be a trolleybus, which is articulated, and explained that the start of operation will be around October 15 and will probably have the same cost as the Cablebus.
“It is a very important work, there are eight kilometers of second floor, to put it in perspective, as if we were going from the Zócalo to the Ermita station, via Calzada de Tlalpan,” he said.
It goes all over Ermita Iztapalapa, from the Puente de la Concordia, the exit to Puebla, to the exit to Periférico, the Constitución de 1917 station, he pointed out.
The Elevated Trolleybus has 11 stations and is a work that is for Iztapalapa, which if we take it as a municipality is the one with the most inhabitants in the entire country, a mayor’s office that did not have mass public transport and now it will have it, said the head of Government .
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Sheinbaum mentioned that, in effect, it is a transport to the east of Mexico City, “but it is a work, I would say iconic, new, different, unique in the world.”
It is mass transportation, secondly, with trolleybuses that do not pollute, that have zero emissions and are electromobility, added the UNAM scientist.
It has the advantage that there are no traffic lights, routes that were done in an hour will be done in 18 minutes, so it has a huge benefit for families in the area but can be reproduced in other parts of the city or the country, abounded.
Compared to the Metro, Sheinbaum added, its cost is one fifth, it can increase its capacity by acquiring more trolleybuses and it is a very special, unique project.
“It is a new, iconic, different work, and we are very proud of it. It is now being tested, some completions are being made and it will be up and running in about a month,” he explained.