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New public bus system for Isla Mujeres operating

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The new public bus system for Isla Mujeres is ready to begin servicing island and Continental mainland residents as of Monday.

The City Council of Isla Mujeres, headed by Juan Carrillo Soberanis, reported that on Monday, the public transport system will be operational both on the insula as well as the Continental Zone of the municipality.

Consorcio Empresarial del Sur TPE, the company operating the public bus system, won the tender for the provision of the urban transport service. Mario Alexander Carrillo Cen, director of Municipal Transportation, announced that there are 10 units for the insular zone and four for the Continental Zone, which will provide the service as of Monday, December 9.

He says public transportation has been one of the main demands of Isla Mujeres citizens for many years, which for various reasons, could not be fulfilled. Now, however, the public bus system is up and running and will benefit the island’s residents as well as tourists.

“The transport units are properly equipped to provide quality service,” said the director adding that the buses are outfitted with air conditioning, GPS, first aid and fire extinguishers to ensure passenger safety. He explained that due to the narrow streets of the island, the buses are smaller, 7 meters in length and offering a capacity for 31 passengers. The buses designated to the Continental Zone however, are larger, with a capacity for 41.

He says the cost to ride the bus is 10 peso. Students and seniors with proper identification can ride for 5 peso. Carrillo Cen added that they are working on a plan to provide an All Day Pass for tourists that could offer an on-again-off-again service for island visitors.