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QUITO

Quito is home to a BRT system with 3 corridors. The city is narrow but long, and the corridors run in the center, east (oriental) and west (occidental). The trollebus corridor (Troncal Trolebus) is the oldest and uses a combination of the trolleybus and diesel articulated and biarticulated buses. Ecovia (Troncal Oriental) is the second one to have opened, and the third (Troncal Occidental) is run by private companies. Feeder lines run to terminals and some stations.

All transit buses in Quito all under the Metrobus-Q brand but aside from the two city-control BRT lines, all other buses are privately owned by many cooperativas. The blue buses act as feeders to the BRT or as their own proper routes. Green buses are interparroquiales running between counties in the outskirts into the outer parts of the city. One thing I saw on this year I didn't see in 2016 were intraparroquiales, smaller buses that run in the Cumbaya county right next to Quito. These guys are painted white, with green on the bottom. There are two other color schemes, an all-red scheme, and a white with red. The white with red (ejecutivos) buses are special buses, but most of them are gone now.

A site with maps of the routes is available here: https://callejero-ecuador.openalfa.com/quito/lineas-de-autobus

The city and the privates have their own numbering systems and both are displayed. The big numbers on the sides of the blue and green buses is the city numbering, and a smaller one (recognizeable as being two digits, sometimes with a leading zero, usually at the front of the bus) is the companies own. The name of the private company is on the front of the bus (Paquisha, Trans Perifericos, Catar, Yaruqui, Flota Pichincha, Guadalajara, etc) and sometimes on the side.

The trolleybuses (T001-T113) make up the first 113 of all city numbers (0001-0113). The all-red Marcopolos (D001-D042) have non-sequential city numbers (spread in the 1100-1300 range). The Caio Millennium II (A01-A80) have city numbers 2845 to at least 2923. I don't know yet the city numbers of the other two fleets (Mercedes-Benz O500M M01-M40 and the biarticulates V01-V80).

The rest of the bus lines are run by private companies, which use a huge range of models and makes, too much to list......for now. The most common manufacturers are IMETAM, Imce, Miral, Picosa, Olimpica, Marielbus, Varma, and Zamora. A lot of units seem to have custom decals, and because the chassis is usually displayed on the bus, it has made it difficult to me to identify exactly what is what. The numbering isn't based on the model or year, but on the company. Each company has blocks dedicated to it and if an old bus is replaced, then the new bus takes the old number. Or there may be new blocks opened up later.

All buses are high-floor buses. I did not see any exception to this. Buses that run on feeder lines or next to the BRT corridors usually have doors on both sides.

BYD has been testing some models, unfortunately while I saw two units (one standard and one artic) I couldn't take good photos.

The Quito Metro is also under construction, with an expected opening moving from 2019 to late 2020, but now with COVID-19 it may be pushed further down. The line will have 15 stations and will use 18 trains made up of 6 cars each.

I've visited Quito twice now, so I'll be using photos from both trips. All the trolleybus pics I have in my possession except one were taken this year.

 

 

 

CITY FLEET

Mercedes-Benz O405G and O405GT (T001-T113)

The first batch of 54 buses (01 to 54) came in 1995 and the second of 59 (55 to 113). They are dual-mode, since some sections have a change and are the only ones with right-side only boarding. All other artics have doors on both sides. A good number have been retired now (26) but the majority is still rolling, at least that's my general understanding (I have seen some sources saying that up to 60 were retired). There are plans to buy 70 new trolleybuses and 20 electric artics, which were supposed to be bought in 2019 but there are funding problems.

49666407193_68eaeb7cd2_c.jpgIMG_5115 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49664915367_d5790348b4_c.jpgIMG_5107 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49666407553_2b325b52b7_c.jpgIMG_5109 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49672360668_e2c4f93332_c.jpgIMG_5247 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49673598333_ae2a633333_c.jpgIMG_5250 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655710921_a3ae1b14e1_c.jpgIMG_5074 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49674419112_e44d5504cc_c.jpgIMG_5256 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Marcopolo Viale Volvo B10M (D001-D042)

These guys run on the Ecovia corridor and were built in 2003. One thing I haven't understood yet is if the corridor opened in 2001, what was used in between? Anyway, there were 42 and 5 of them were retired some years back.

31982790461_2f12c6fc92_c.jpgIMG_4105 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49652094058_b28f848b89_c.jpgIMG_4779 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49652517968_638b70161d_c.jpgIMG_4781 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Caio Millennium II Volvo B12M (A01-A80)

These were built in 2011.

31982791471_3139525ff9_c.jpgIMG_4103 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49652094163_baaeb58fea_c.jpgIMG_4777 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49653332297_547d4bbc7e_c.jpgIMG_4786 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Busscar Urbanuss Pluss Mercedes-Benz 0500M (M01-M40)

There were built in 2015 and came with a special scheme. Now they are usually white with a blue or red line.

49653055926_8fb386fb80_c.jpgIMG_4782 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100968065_cf46e049f9_c.jpgIMG_4096 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49667231967_e3d085c908_c.jpgIMG_5112 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49672902211_14c59f78b3_c.jpgIMG_5245 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Marcopolo Gran Viale Biarticulated Volvo B340M (V01-V80)

These were built in 2016 and were the first biarticulateds in Quito.

31259334484_3ff68e5b79_c.jpgIMG_2834 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49666407253_12865a3aea_c.jpgIMG_5114 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49653055896_43c131ba9f_c.jpgIMG_4783 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

PRIVATE FLEET

Busscar Urbanuss Pluss Scania L94IA (2759-2775?)

32100547435_51beb44296_c.jpgIMG_2821 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100468265_c4fcccbe4a_c.jpgIMG_2586 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100548115_60ac2b28d5_c.jpgIMG_2820 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655939098_568def6938_c.jpgIMG_5078 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

IMG_3644 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Marcopolo Gran Viale Volvo B10M (2778?-2841?)

49655939148_2333dd56a9_c.jpgIMG_5077 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982437031_3b7a3498a4_c.jpgIMG_2823 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

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IMETAM (VIP City, City Plus, City Mini, older unknown models)

49658259003_e0d0b8d0e4_c.jpgIMG_5081 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670673366_80239bc485_c.jpgIMG_5230 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655162163_a908a096cf_c.jpgIMG_4986 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31725085700_0253f1dbae_c.jpgIMG_2137 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100452955_2d93a9aef9_c.jpgIMG_2678 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32061779536_79575c1937_c.jpgIMG_3582 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982606581_c038a0f1f4_c.jpgIMG_3655 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100970715_27de7657af_c.jpgIMG_4075 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982782111_68c2229612_c.jpgIMG_4144 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

IMCE (Silver, Silver City, Platinum, older unknown models)

49655701296_35d22d2928_c.jpgIMG_4988 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31952553612_2dbcd338b5_c.jpgIMG_4097 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32101024265_95980429e1_c.jpgIMG_4537 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32061882926_66a3f603f9_c.jpgIMG_3980 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32061877166_3709cbd768_c.jpgIMG_4002 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670672996_2a566fd4a5_c.jpgIMG_5163 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49659078667_1e0cab750e_c.jpgIMG_5097 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670960737_5db6574928_c.jpgIMG_5224 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655701631_f6ebd4cd4e_c.jpgIMG_4984 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Miral (Milenium, Urban Plus, Enjoy, Quantum, older unknown models)

32061782236_3013cf9555_c.jpgIMG_3444 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670961487_6e09b5aa1a_c.jpgIMG_5169 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670127948_b0cc0a17bf_c.jpgIMG_5220 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670127298_2cbe8f15fb_c.jpgIMG_5234 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655162763_cb1c9858d4_c.jpgIMG_4974 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655161753_58c7330c6c_c.jpgIMG_4993 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49659078717_fdb04ec482_c.jpgIMG_5096 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Picosa 

49658260203_fe1df16c5b_c.jpgIMG_5091 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49655703081_c6e3e87717_c.jpgIMG_4962 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670961547_254f493040_c.jpgIMG_5164 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Zamora

32061357326_dee4111666_c.jpgIMG_2119 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Marielbus

49670128488_b701671cfc_c.jpgIMG_5172 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670674141_2d6e452941_c.jpgIMG_5176 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

49670960097_49d8cf0a8f_c.jpgIMG_5227 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

 

Other buses and models

31982629861_6e69ffd5c9_c.jpgIMG_3397 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982628041_7f9d205f12_c.jpgIMG_3401 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31952328202_8f4a63c7bd_c.jpgIMG_3388 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982631901_7507bcc382_c.jpgIMG_3391 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100550505_0f083578f9_c.jpgIMG_2814 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

31982363591_56129d412d_c.jpgIMG_2526 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

32100968505_d56caf3b2f_c.jpgIMG_4095 by GojiMet86, on Flickr

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