Electronic bidding was carried out this Tuesday (7) and Wednesday (8). State will acquire 265 new buses with financing from the Ministry of Cities
The Metropolitan Transport Agency of the State of Pará (Agtran), the body responsible for managing the Metropolitan BRT system, held this Tuesday (7) and Wednesday (8), an electronic tender to select companies to supply buses that will be used in the trunk system. The entire process was carried out under the transparency of the COMPRAS.GOV website. In total, 265 new buses will be purchased, with project financing from the Ministry of Cities.
According to the notice, interested companies have been able to make their proposals through the website since October 23rd. This Tuesday and Wednesday, the proposals were analyzed by the Agtran team, which selected the lowest bids for the next stage of the selection, the qualification of the company’s technical and legal requirements.
Bidding – The bidding process took into consideration three lots of vehicles, and all buses in the fleets will have air conditioning and a safety monitoring system.
“The State Government is purchasing 265 buses, the result of a design that is carried out through long-term studies revisited several times until the final format that will serve the metropolitan system is reached”, explains Cláudio Conde, director of planning at the Management Center of Metropolitan Transport (NGTM), the sector responsible for planning the system.
The largest of the lots was for the purchase of 133 conventional diesel buses, but a Euro 6 model, which pollute 15 times less than those currently running in the Metropolitan Region of Belém. These will run in the neighborhoods of Ananindeua, Marituba and Benevides to transport passengers to the Ananindeua and Marituba integration terminals.
Another specific batch was for the purchase of 92 diesel Padron model buses, with vehicles larger than conventional ones, to run on the BRT buses. And a lot to purchase 40 electric buses, which pollute even less than the Euro 6 model. The electric bus purchase package will include chargers, which will be located in the bus garages at the terminals.
“The State is introducing electric mobility, through the purchase of 40 electric buses, which not only diversifies the fuel matrix, but also helps reduce the emission of polluting gases. The 40 electric buses pollute even less than the “Euro 6” ones. Making a comparison with the electricity that will be used and the fuel, the electric bus is less polluting than conventional buses. We are building a recharging substation in each of the terminals”, explains director Cláudio Conde.
Agtran emphasizes that the aforementioned bidding process is only aimed at purchasing buses by the State. In this process, a company was selected that met the requirements for purchasing a batch of conventional buses. To purchase Padron and electric buses, it will be necessary to hold a new tender soon, as the participants were unable to qualify.
“We followed all the necessary procedures to carry out the bidding process to purchase the buses that will operate in the BRT system, which will reduce passenger travel time and bring more comfort and safety to the population of the metropolitan region of Belém. The idea is to have everything ready to start operating as soon as the works are completed, in 2024”, says the general director of Agtran, Eduardo Ribeiro.