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Tender launched to supply 2,030 buses in Santiago, Chile [free access]

November 25, 2019

Chile’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has launched a tender in 12 lots for the supply of 2,030 buses in the province of Santiago and in the municipalities of San Bernardo and Puente Alto. The authority plans to procure 300 midi-buses (nine metres long), 1,370 standard buses, and 360 articulated buses. The tender does not specify the fuel type. However, it offers a contract period of 14 years for electric buses and 10 years for other fuels. The last day for submission of bids is February 28, 2020.


Each bus should be air-conditioned and equipped with USB chargers, LED lighting,passenger information screens, Wi-Fi, and security cameras.


The tender will be based on a new model that will separate the provision of services from the supply of buses with the aim of improving the quality of the transport system. In this model, the city government will be responsible for managing the buses and terminals while the service provider will be responsible only for the provision of operation and maintenance (O&M) services. A second tender will be launched later for the concession of these buses.