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Quito - Developing clean and rapid transit

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Quito

Quito, Ecuador

City Leader Mayor Jorge Yunda Machado

Transition to Electric Buses in the Ecovía Corridor and Extension of the Trolleybus Corridor from El Labrador to Carapungo in Quito, Ecuador

The city of Quito pioneered electric mobility in Ecuador when it implemented the Central Trolleybuc BRT corridor in 1995. Currently, there three BRT corridors operating along the city. Two of these, Ecovía and Central Trolleybus corridors, are directly operated by the Municipal Passenger Transportation Company. As a member of C40, Quito is committed to replacing all diesel buses in the city starting in 2020. Furthermore, The trolleybus and part of the Ecovía fleets must be withdrawn from service because of their age. The project aims at substituting diesel buses in the Ecovía and Trolleybus corridor which also includes its extension from the El Labrador terminal to Carapungo in the northern end of the city. 

This project will promote the substitution of approximately 200 articulated diesel buses, 90 trolleybuses and 300 12-meter buses for electric buses and new trolleybuses, by resorting public-private operations models. 

Transition to Electric Buses in the Ecovía Corridor and Extension of the Trolleybus Corridor from El Labrador to Carapungo in Quito, Ecuador

The city of Quito pioneered electric mobility in Ecuador when it implemented the Central Trolleybuc BRT corridor in 1995. Currently, there three BRT corridors operating along the city. Two of these, Ecovía and Central Trolleybus corridors, are directly operated by the Municipal Passenger Transportation Company. As a member of C40, Quito is committed to replacing all diesel buses in the city starting in 2020. Furthermore, The trolleybus and part of the Ecovía fleets must be withdrawn from service because of their age. The project aims at substituting diesel buses in the Ecovía and Trolleybus corridor which also includes its extension from the El Labrador terminal to Carapungo in the northern end of the city. 

This project will promote the substitution of approximately 200 articulated diesel buses, 90 trolleybuses and 300 12-meter buses for electric buses and new trolleybuses, by resorting public-private operations models. 
  • Project Scale Electrification of 150 buses on two routes
  • Population of Quito 2.8 Million (2020 estimate)
  • Total Estimated GHG Emissions reduction 11000 Tonnes CO2e per year in Ecovía 35 000 Tonnes CO2e per year in Central Trolleybus
  • Corridor Length 26.9 km Ecovía 22.5 km + 9 km (extension) Central Trolleybus

The purpose of the project is to contribute to Quito’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and to build climate change resilience by reducing GHG emissions in the Integrated Public Transportation System. The implementation of this project will aid the city to provide clean and fast transportation to over 150,000 new users and approximately 600,000 current users of both corridors. The project will also include measures to assure transportation to vulnerable groups in an inclusive and safe transport system.

The C40 Cities Finance Facility is supporting the city to develop two zero-carbon projects that will be built in the city within the next few years:

1. Electrification of the Ecovía BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridor, including the installation of strategic charging stations throughout the route and procurement of 120 e-buses. 

2. A 10.3km extension of the Central Trolebús corridor, including the construction of two bus terminals and the acquisition of 129 e-buses.   

 

Tonnes of CO2e reduction per year

46,000
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Total passengers per day

750,000
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The first operational trolleybus in Quito (it will be 25 years old in December 2020)
“The main advantage is to the lungs of Quitenians because of the reduction of pollution by reducing tons of CO2 that the whole world is worrying about… Then, the end of subsidies to fossil fuels that all Ecuadoreans pay millions of dollars. The national government and us will provide incentives so that Quito has this electric transport system that all great cities have already implemented.”
Jorge Yunda Machado Mayor

The city of Quito aims at eliminating all fossil-fuel vehicles from the historic center by 2020 and from public transportation by 2030. The Municipality, through its Secretariat of Mobility, is leading the implementation of this project. CFF-C40 will provide technical assistance through the following measures:

  • Design of management models for both subprojects, considering possible public-private partnerships or delegation to private sector.
  • Creation of two bankable projects for seeking funding to execute the project.
  • Definition of best e-bus technology for the city.
  • Preparation of management model and business case for implementing the subprojects.
  • Preparation of tenders for both projects.
  • Development of capacity development bank.
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CFF team and EPMTPQ’s maintenance personnel
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Total passengers in Quito’s bus transport system.
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Total bus fleet (private and public operators).

The reduction of GHG emission is calculated in 350,000 T CO2e for the Ecovìa subproject and 1,000,000 T for the Trollebus extension over the span of the project (2020-2050).

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