In the bus fleet renovation plan, which started in 2004 and is part of the reorganisation under way at the Company, Carris renewed its fleet with the following vehicles:
. 2004 - 166 buses (40 minis / 106 standard / 20 running on natural gas)
. 2005 - 142 standard buses
. 2006 - 100 standard buses
. 2008 - 20 average buses and 20 articulated buses
. 2009 - two international public tenders were launched to furnish 60 standard buses, 40 of them Euro 5 Diesel compliant and 20 running on Natural Gas EEV.
This operation will allow to reduce the average age of the fleet to 6 years.
The reorganisation process will mean a significant fall in pollutants, since all of the models mentioned above comply with Community Directive Limit Euro 3 on exhaust emissions. CARRIS is therefore playing its part in the improvement of environmental quality in Lisbon.
Besides this, the new buses have air conditioning and bring in a series of innovations which will have a great impact on safety and comfort, on operational procedures and on maintenance costs.