Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority

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Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority
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The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) provides local and regional bus service in the San Juan metropolitan area.
Founded May 11, 1959
Headquarters 37 Ave José De Diego, San Juan, PR 00927
Service area San Juan metropolitan area
Service type Public transport
Alliance Tren Urbano and Cataño Ferry
Routes 30
Hubs 10
Fleet 149 buses
54 paratransit
Daily ridership 35,000[1]
Fuel type
Website ati.pr

The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus AuthoritySpanish: Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses de Puerto Rico (AMA)— is a government-owned corporation and public transport bus service based in the San Juan metropolitan area. It is adscribed to the Department of Transportation and Public Works of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Integrated Transit Authority (ATI).

Background[edit]

Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses was created as a public corporation on May 11, 1959. The operations would later be integrated into the Department of Transportation and Public Works in 1973 and the Integrated Transit Authority in 2014. It is the second oldest public transport authority in America, behind New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The AMA is one of three major public transportation systems serving the San Juan metropolitan area, along with Tren Urbano and the Cataño Ferry. All system ridership combined is estimated at 80,000 people on work days.[2]

Service[edit]

The AMA provides bus transportation to residents and visitors of the San Juan metropolitan area—which includes the municipalities of San Juan, Guaynabo, Bayamón, Trujillo Alto, Cataño, Toa Baja, Carolina, and Loíza—through a network of 30 fixed bus routes.

Most routes work Monday through Friday from 5:00AM to 9:00PM; and Saturdays and holidays from 6:00AM to 8:00PM. T3 and E40 express route are the only two bus routes working on Sundays, along with Tren Urbano and the Cataño Ferry.

All bus stops are marked with a green sign with the Spanish word PARADA. You should hail a bus at these locations by waving to the driver as the bus approaches.

Fares[edit]

All bus routes have a $0.75 fare, except the E20 which has a $2.00 fare. Reduced fares are available for students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

All buses require exact change in coins or the use of the fare card available at Tren Urbano stations.

Routes[edit]

Express routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
E10
[3]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Luis Muñoz Rivera Highway
  • Weekday service only.
E20
[4]
Bayamón
TU station
Campanilla
Park-and-ride
PR-5, PR-22
  • Weekday service only.
  • Known as Metro Urbano.
E40
[5]
Piñero
TU station
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) Jesús T. Piñero Highway
  • Daily service until 8:00pm.
  • Makes a stop at The Mall of San Juan.
  • Bus stops in the airport are located at the Departures level.

Main routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
T2
[6]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Bayamón
TU station
FD Roosevelt Avenue, PR-2
T3
[7]
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Juan Ponce de León Avenue
  • Daily service until 11:00pm.
T4
[8]
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Cataño
Ferry Terminal
San Patricio Avenue, PR-165, PR-24
T5
[9]
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Iturregui
Bus Terminal
Juan Ponce de León Avenue, José de Diego Avenue, Loíza Street, Isla Verde Avenue, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU)
  • Bus stops in the airport are located at the Departures level.
T6
[10]
Carolina
Bus Terminal
Campo Rico Avenue, Sánchez Osorio Avenue, Jesús M. Fragoso Avenue
T7
[11]
Cupey
TU station
Carolina
Bus Terminal
65 de Infantería Avenue
T8
[12]
Piñero
TU station
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Jesús T. Piñero Avenue
T9
[13]
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Cupey
TU station
Manuel Fernández Juncos Avenue, Borinquen Avenue, Barbosa Avenue
T21
[14]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Ashford Avenue, Magdalena Street, José de Diego Avenue, Juan Ponce de León Avenue
T41
[15]
Piñero
TU station
Iturregui
Bus Terminal
Mayagüez Street, Barbosa Avenue, 65 de Infantería Avenue, Simón Madera Street, Ramal 8, Campo Rico Avenue

Circulation routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
C1
[16]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Río Piedras Capetillo Juan Ponce de León Avenue, Luis Muñoz Rivera Avenue
  • Weekday service only.
C22
[17]
Plaza Las Américas Chardón Street, Hostos Avenue, Arterial B Avenue
  • Weekday service only.
C35
[18]
Puerto Rico Convention Center Manuel Fernández Juncos Avenue, Cerra Street, Hoare Street, Juan Ponce de León Avenue
  • Weekday service only.
C36
[19]
Lloréns Torres Borinquen Avenue, Eduardo Conde Avenue, Degetau Street, Loíza Street, Tapia Street, Juan Ponce de León Avenue
  • Weekday service only.
C43
[20]
Iturregui
Bus Terminal
El Comandante Avenue Pontezuela Avenue, Galicia Avenue, Campo Rico Avenue, Sánchez Osorio Avenue, Monserrate Avenue, El Comandante Avenue
  • Service combined with Públicos.
C44
[21]
Carolina
Bus Terminal
Roberto Clemente Avenue Calderón Avenue, Campo Rico Avenue, Roberto Clemente Avenue, Dr. Sánchez Castaño Avenue
  • Service combined with Públicos.
C51
[22]
Plaza Escorial Dr. Sánchez Castaño Avenue, Fidalgo Díaz Avenue, Monserrate Avenue
  • Service combined with Públicos.

Distribution routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
D13
[23]
Cupey
TU station
Las Cumbres Víctor M. Labiosa Avenue, Lomas Verdes Avenue, Las Cumbres Avenue, Emiliano Pol Avenue
D15
[24]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Quisqueya Street, Barbosa Avenue, Manuel Rivera Morales Highway, José de Diego Street (Río Piedras)
D18
[25]
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Alturas de Cupey Paraná Street, Winston Churchill Avenue, Las Cumbres Avenue
D26
[26]
Piñero
TU station
Venus Gardens Dr. José M. Gándara Avenue, José de Diego Street (Río Piedras), Manuel Rivera Morales Highway, Acuario Street, Venus Avenue, Park Gardens Avenue
D27
[27]
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Guaynabo Francisco Paz Granela Avenue, Lomas Verdes Avenue, Camino Alejandrino, Esmeralda Avenue, Carazo Street, PR-886
D37
[28]
Cataño
Ferry Terminal
Toa Baja Las Nereidas Avenue, PR-165, PR-167, Sabana Seca Avenue
  • Service combined with Públicos.
D45
[29]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Loíza Sagrado Corazón Street, Tapia Street, Isla Verde Avenue, PR-187
D53
[30]
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) Ashford Avenue, Magdalena Street, McLeary Street, Isla Verde Avenue
  • Bus stops in the airport are located at the Departures level.
D91
[31]
Bayamón
TU station
Santa Juanita Main Avenue, PR-174, UPR Bayamón, Laurel Avenue, Santa Juanita Avenue, PR-831
D92
[32]
Magnolia Gardens PR-174, Lomas Verdes Avenue, Santa Juanita Avenue, Magnolia Avenue
  • Service combined with Públicos.

Active Bus Fleet[edit]

Sagrado Corazón Station

AMA has a total of 149 buses in its active fleet, being the NovaBus RTS's built in 2002 the oldest active fleet model, and the newest being the NovaBus Smart LFS built in 2013. In addition, AMA also operates a fleet of Orion V, Orion VII, NGNew Flyer DE35LF, and a sub fleet of 10 Baby RTS which are used on shorter and lighter routes.

First Transit, which operates seven routes under contract for AMA (T3, E10, E20, C22, C35, C36, E40), works with a fleet of Gillig Low Floors built in 2009, and NABI 42-BRT and 60-BRT for Metro Urbano (E20 route) built in 2012. The 60-BRT will be AMA's first low-floor articulated bus. This will mark only the second-time articulated buses have been used on the island; in 1984 AMA receive their first fleet of articulated buses, the MAN SG-310.

Complete Coach Works in Carolina is currently rehabbing AMA's fleet of 10 Baby RTS's from 2002 as well as the Orion V's.

In 2015, AMA introduced the first suburban bus fleet with 33 Ford Super Duty Glaval buses.

TYPE YEAR LENGTH NOTES
Gillig Phantom 1994 40' 1
Gillig Low Floor 2009 40' 1
NovaBus RTS 2002 30' 3
Orion V 2004-2005, 2007 35'
New Flyer DE35LF 2005, 2007 35'
Orion VII Next Generation 2010 40
NABI 42-BRT 2012 42' 1, 6
NABI 60-BRT 2012 60' 1, 6
NovaBus Smart LFS 2013-2014 40'

Notes

  • 1: Operated under contract by First Transit
  • 3: Used only light routes
  • 6: Used on E20 (express route)

Inactive Bus Fleet[edit]

TYPE YEAR LENGTH
Flxible Twincoach Old Look 1946 35'
GMC Old Look 1953-1954 40'
Mack Trucks Old Look 1955 40'
Mack Trucks New Look 1960 40'
GMC New Look 1962-1963 35'
GMC New Look 1966-1968 35'
Flxible New Look 1970,1972 35'
GMC New Look 1976 35'
GMC RTS II 1980,1983 35'
MAN SG-310 1984 60'
Grumman 870 ADB 1987 40'
Flxible Metro 1988 40'
Flxible Metro 1990 30'
Flxible Metro 1991 35'
TMC Methanol Powered RTS 1992 40'
Flxible Metro 1995 40'
Nova Bus RTS 1997-2000 40'
Nova Bus LFS 1999 40'

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molestos los usuarios de la AMA con la reorganización del servicio (Spanish)
  2. ^ Amenazan con dejar a pie a usuarios de transporte público (Spanish)
  3. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/E10/ E10 map and information
  4. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/E20/ E20 map and information
  5. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/E40/ E40 map and information
  6. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T2/ T2 map and information
  7. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T3/ T3 map and information
  8. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T4/ T4 map and information
  9. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T5/ T5 map and information
  10. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T6/ T6 map and information
  11. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T7/ T7 map and information
  12. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T8/ T8 map and information
  13. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T9/ T9 map and information
  14. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T21/ T21 map and information
  15. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/T41/ T41 map and information
  16. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C1/ C1 map and information
  17. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C22/ C22 map and information
  18. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C35/ C35 map and information
  19. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C36/ C36 map and information
  20. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C43/ C43 map and information
  21. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C44/ C44 map and information
  22. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/C51/ C51 map and information
  23. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D13/ D13 map and information
  24. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D15/ D15 map and information
  25. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D18/ D18 map and information
  26. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D26/ D26 map and information
  27. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D27/ D27 map and information
  28. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D37/ D37 map and information
  29. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D45/ D45 map and information
  30. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D53/ D53 map and information
  31. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D91/ D91 map and information
  32. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D92/ D92 map and information

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