It is intended to acquire 350 new buses and implement routes in the municipalities of Valladolid, Tizimín and Tekax
The last “reengineering” of the public transportation routes in Yucatan was carried out in 1997 and the fleet that provides the service is on average more than 16 years old, which makes it one of the oldest in the country, while the average waiting time for the entire system is 24 minutes, which is why it is above the average values of other Mexican cities.
Since 2019, the total number of routes is 242, which operate with 1,724 units, between buses and vans, but between 2001 and 2019, the population grew by 46.3%, while the vehicle fleet grew only 17%, so the Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal proposed promoting the so-called “Va y Ven” Transportation System, a strategy that, with its first Peripheral Route, marked the beginning of its implementation.
To reinforce this project, Vila Dosal presented a set of 10 concrete actions to continue streamlining the service and provide a quality service Yucatecans deserve.
Among them are the acquisition of a fleet of 350 new buses; implementation of routes in the municipalities of Tizimín, Tekax and Valladolid; creation of new routes in Comisarias in the Yucatecan capital; establishment of Multimodal Transfer Centers; better prepared operators through a training center; expansion of the peripheral route with 2 new buses; expansion of 4 night routes; and the creation of an airport route, as well as advances in the Ie-Tram and intervention in strategic roads.
With these changes that will be implemented, the average waiting time for the entire transportation system will go from 24 minutes to just 12 minutes, a time that is above the average values of other Mexican cities.
Regarding the acquisition of a fleet of 350 new buses, it is intended, through an investment of 128 million pesos, a greater passenger capacity per unit, achieve a lower frequency and therefore less waiting time, as well as the strengthening of routes currently exceeded in their demand and expand attention to new populations.
Regarding the implementation of routes in the municipalities: in Valladolid there will be a new circuit and 2 transversal routes; in Tizimín, there will be 3 new circuits; and in Tekax one circuit, all integrated into the Va y Ven system, with electronic payment, frequency of 30 minutes and units with universal accessibility.
In the Comisarias, the creation of 7 new express routes is contemplated, which will connect 20 communities with Mérida, as well as 13 public transportation routes, benefiting 14,900 people with 30-minute frequencies and buses with universal accessibility.
Regarding the Multimodal Transfer Centers (Cetram), these will allow public transport users to have a point where they can find and connect with various routes and modes of transportation, which will contribute to a more modern, agile and the height of the needs of the Yucatecans.
Five Cetrams will be built at strategic points of the Peripheral Ring of the city of Mérida to achieve greater connectivity and offer the population of the Yucatecan capital and its surrounding communities more options to transfer different public transport options.
The Multimodal Transfer Centers will be located at the Umán exit, Caucel, Cancún and Motul highway.
Likewise, the first center for the professionalization of public transport operators will be created, in order to improve the quality of the service with issues related to driver integrity, customer service and people with disabilities, prevention of gender violence, safe and sustainable driving. , as well as reaction to emergencies and accidents; At the same time, their work is dignified with paid training, immediate hiring, a special bonus for women, rest spaces in the Cetram, periodic medical check-ups and recognition for performance.
With the expansion of the Peripheral Route with 2 new buses, the aim is to increase the frequencies at peak hours, so that mobility alternatives with high quality, access and coverage standards continue to be provided.
It should be remembered that, since last December 7, the 4 night-routes started operation: Centro-Brisas-Polígono 108; Center-Fidel Velázquez-Los Héroes; Centro-Villas Oriente, and Centro-Lindavista-Plaza Dorada-Hospital “Juárez”.
By the middle of this 2023, these night routes will be running 7 days a week to extend the benefit, mainly to those people who leave their workplaces late and must use taxi platforms to get to their homes, which represents a higher cost to their pockets.
Through innovative projects of sustainable mobility, which respond to the needs of the population, the State Government takes a step forward in the optimization of public transportation, which puts Yucatán at the level of the most important cities in Mexico and the world.