What you need to know about the end of the integration of the provisional SITP

What you need to know about the end of the integration of the provisional SITP

Some will remember what it was to tell the bus driver "Do you take me for a thousand?", And run to get through the back door of the vehicle;Ask the favor to the people who, from hand to hand, will pass the wallet forward until it reached the driver;Travel listening to the danceable guns and in front see those old seat protectors, which looked rather masculine underwear.Ah! And shout "Does it leave me here?", Before the lack of a bell.

Desde el año 2010, en Bogotá estos buses, que hacían parte del antiguo modelo de Transporte Público Colectivo (TPC), comenzaron a ser chatarrizados para abrir las puertas a la nueva apuesta: el Sistema Integrado de Transporte Público (SITP).Since then the promise has been none other than modernizing this form of mobility in the capital, with routes that seek to be more efficient and buses that use more environmentally friendly technologies.

Cinco años después de que la ciudad se embarcara en esta misión, se publicó el decreto 190 de 2015, mediante el cual se creó la figura del SITP Provisional, que no es otra cosa que un permiso temporal que permitió a algunos propietarios y conductores del antiguo modelo a seguir operando, mientras se completaba la transición, pues la anticipada liquidación de los concesionarios Egobús, Coobús y Tranzit dejó zonas sin cobertura en la capital.

Recientemente, Transmilenio comunicó que espera terminar con el proceso de integración de buses del SITP durante el primer trimestre del próximo año.By then, system 1 will be added.485 electric buses that will contribute (together with those who use Euro VI technologies and compared to the old model) a 99 % reduction in the contaminating particulate material in the city's environment.

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Según el subgerente técnico de Transmilenio, Nicolás Correal, “este ha sido un trabajo que hemos realizado en conjunto con la Secretaría de Movilidad y que nos permitirá cerrar un ciclo del transporte en Bogotá, para seguir avanzando.We are replacing the provisional scheme with more friendly fleet with the environment, including 1.485 electric buses, which will imply not only the modernization of public transport in Bogotá, but a gigantic step in environmental matters, as service and in the improvement of air quality ”.

As a report, the company said that in the last stage of the process, that is, from 2020 to November 8, 2021, system 2 have been linked to system 2.200 new vehicles with environmental friendly technologies.In addition, the creation of 65 routes, of which 55 have paths equal or similar to those that had been operating the buses of the provisional SITP.

Lo que necesita saber sobre el fin de la integración del SITP provisional

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However, there are other routes that have been gradually dismantled, considering that they are not efficient or that do not meet part of the objectives of the new system, which is to guarantee an interconnection with Transmilenio trunks and air cable services.

Hence, a question may arise in citizens: how to know those changes that are coming on the routes?As explained by the company, it is expected that before the end of the year the dismantling of 135 routes has been achieved, of which 65 would pass to the zonal component and 70 will be dismantled by coverage (that is, they can be satisfied by Transmilenio or thedifferent SITP components).

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All modifications made will be disclosed and socialized with users between a month and a month and a half before the change is made.At that time they will also be informed about the alternatives they will have to reach their destinations.

Would it be a transport full of deficiencies?

Según Édgar Torres, presidente de la Asociación Integradora de Propietarios del Servicio Público Colectivo Urbano y Vinculados al SITP (Asocsitp), lo que realmente se avecina para la ciudad es un sistema de transporte “lleno de carencias” (aunque Transmilenio argumenta que los cambios se basan en estudios de demanda), sobre todo en las fronteras de la ciudad.

Torres adds that the integration of the SITP buses has shown to have very long frequencies (there are times when a user has to wait for up to 40 minutes to pass the bus).Given these alleged missing, he says, irregular transporters (pirates) will begin to fill the gaps, which translates into a concern for the user, since these providers do not have the security measures and other conditions required by law.

He clarifies that this does not say it because his association opposes the integration of the SITP, but because it was made without meeting their requests (although they had the support of some councilors), who were aimed at the dismantling of the dismantling, in theMeasure of the possible, "the least serious, both economically and in operation", because very contrary to what they were promised in the beginning, today the changes represent the affectation in the employment of about 30.000 people, including drivers, dispatators and mechanics.


They are about 14.500, of the buses that traveled through the capital of the late and early century, which entered this chatarization process, of which 11.085 were already disintegrated by having fulfilled their useful life.Of these, since the figure of the provisional SITP was created (in 2015) 3 have been chatterized 3.227 (with September 30 cut of this year) and there is still a remnant of about 1.900 vehicles.

As communicated by Transmilenio, of the vehicles that have been chatterized after the creation of the provisional SITP, 1.713 owners managed to shelter with article 78 of the Decree and obtain economic recognition for the affectation caused by the liquidation of Egobús, Coobús and Tranzit, while 1.417 have been chatarrizados through the current dealerships of the SITP.

On this process, Torres also manifested himself dissatisfied, because he assures that they were imposed on dates to apply, setting a penalty of 8 % discount of the total value of the vehicle for each month that the owner took to meet the requirement.Ensures to know at least five cases of people for whom the value reached $ 0.

“Those people with a humble condition, who served the city, now for an error, oblivion or circumstances of others, lost their vehicles.Situations like these can lead a person to suicide, because he lost all the work of his life, ”he details.

As for the chatarization process, what is done at first is to extract all liquids from the vehicle, such as fuel and oil.Then all those parts that are not ferrous (cushion, plastics and glass) are separated to select them and, if possible, take advantage of them as done with the tires, which are crushed and become inputs for synthetic soccer fields.The ferrous material is also taken.

Gradually the total integration of the SITP is reaching its final stretch, in a path that has been marked of improvements for the quality of life of many Bogota, but also of disagreements of those who lost their job or simply saw a route disappear.Although no one opposes the modernization of the system, sectors such as the one that Torres represents do ask that there be a greater dialogue with citizens.

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