CURITIBA'S BRT SYSTEM REVIVED WITH NEW VOLVO'S
Curitiba in Brazil start in the 1970's with a BRT system, Bus Rapid Transit. Ever since it has been an example for other cities of how to develop such a system. Partner from the first moments was Volvo, delivering the buses. Currently, Curitiba’s mass transit system carries 1.23 million passengers on more than 14,100 trips a day. Operating along 254 routes, the city’s 1250 buses cover around 273,000 kilometres. And now Volvo has delivered this year 40 new buses to Curitibia's BRT system.
Volvo Buses is once again one of the main vehicle suppliers to the city of Curitiba’s transportation system. In 2020, Volvo Buses has delivered 6 bi-articulated, 13 articulated and 21 conventional buses to the city. Proudly Fabiano Todeschini, President of Volvo Buses Latin America, states Volvo is back in a leading position in bi-articulated buses in the city and in the market. Curitiba’s new Volvo's are of the B340M bi-articulated, B340M articulated and conventional models. They come with a heavy-duty specification including electronic disc brakes and ABS, electronic acceleration control and an automatic air suspension levelling system. The Volvo buses are also prepared for installation of Automatic Speed Control, a system that uses GPS connectivity to automatically limit bus speed in critical areas such as terminals or near schools and hospitals. In 2018 when this new technology was implemented, it made a significant contribution to road safety, cutting the number of collisions by 50% on the north axis of the BRT network in the capital of Paraná, compared with the preceding year.
Curitiba is regarded as the origin of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), the concept that deploys buses travelling in exclusive lanes or corridors, with the bus floor at the same level as the bus stop platform to aid boarding, and pre-paid fares. At the start of the previous decade, however, many factors were constraining fleet renewals, and this trend has now been reversed in recent years. “As partners since the beginning of BRT, we are very pleased that the city is once again starting to invest in new buses”, explains Paulo Arabian, Bus Commercial Director for Volvo in Brazil.