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Mayor Bernard Wagner inspects Barbados’ growing fleet of electric buses similar to the ones Belize City will acquire

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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2022. 6:20 pm CST.

Photo Credit: Belize City Council

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner on Friday took a close look at Barbados’ growing fleet of electric buses and toured Bridgetown as a passenger on one of the electric buses, according to the Belize City Council.

Mayor Wagner was joined by Jose Urbina, CEO of the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics and E-Governance and Ryan Cobb, Energy Director in the Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy, Logistics and E-Governance.

“Barbados is considered one of the leaders in the region for pursuing carbon neutrality within the next decade,” said the Belize City Council in a statementin a statement on posted on social media.

Mayor Wagner and the team were hosted by John Springer and Gena Boyce of the Barbados Transport Board. The Belize City Council said Springer and Boyce shared the island’s experience with the electric busses, their plans for rapid expansion, and the feedback from residents.

“During the tour, several positive observations were made, including the general quietness of the buses, the absence of toxic emissions, the satisfaction of the citizenry in utilizing public transportation, and the organized manner in which the busses adhere to their schedules and routes,” said the Belize City Council.

Mayor Wagner also noted Barbados electric buses are similar to those that will be introduced to Belize City. They feature fire suppression systems, dual 40kv chargers, air suspension to aid wheelchair accessibility, and bumper sensors.

“The inspection and tour afforded the Mayor and his team first-hand experience to further shape Belize City’s preparation for the introduction of similar electric buses later this year,” said the Belize City Council

The Belize City electric buses pilot project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Project.

The city government said it expects the pilot project will accelerate the Belize City Council’s Smart and Healthy Cities mandates. The project also falls in line with the Council’s plan to improve public transportation system, reduce our carbon footprint, and improve the quality of life of residents.

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