|Watch out! Poison gas coming!|
|Run, run, away!|
City officials say they plan to purchase mostly Euro 5 buses, which should be less polluting than the current ones. That, however, will depend on how they are maintained. And, judging from the smoke-belching quality of some of the current buses, the maintenance leaves lots to be desired.
Why the city has apparently not seriously considered the first two is beyond me. Those cleaner
|A 'clean, green' low-emission bus |
purchased recently by TM.
Mayor Peñalosa also says that electric versions of the long, bending buses which Bogotá plans to buy simply do not exist.
|Transmilenio's sole electric bus. (Photo: http://bogota.gov.co/temas-de-ciudad/ambiente/primer-bus-electrico-de-transmilenio-en-bogota)|
|A trollebus in Bogotá. The last clean trollebuses left Bogotá's streets in 1991, leaving us with belching diesel vehicles.|
(Photo: Barry Blumstein)
|The old is new again: A historic electric bus in San Francisco, California.|
|A modern zero emission electric bus rolls up a hill in San Francisco, California.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours