Puerto Vallarta Bus Companies Consolidate Into One Corporation

The three major companies managing the bus system in Puerto Vallarta will come together to form one corporation with a board of directors that will oversee that majority of operations. About another 60 operators who withdrew from union companies will join together to form a second transportation company.

The changes are part of new state laws with the Department of Mobility in an attempt to modernize and streamline the state’s quasi-public transportation service.

The combined companies announced they will modify 40% of the current routes in the city with a reduction of 100-150 units and better route planning in the downtown to eliminate congestion. However the companies maintain that there will not be longer waits or removal of any service areas.

All companies are working together and conducting traffic and usage research to help in making changes that will have little impact on the users.

As part of the state plans announced last year, the companies forming a corporation will allow for financing of new bus units underwritten by the state. The companies estimate 60% of Puerto Vallarta’s buses need to be replaced, some of which will be removed from service as part of the consolidation of companies.

Most changes are not expected to take place until the second quarter after deals are finalized and ongoing analysis is completed.

11 Responses
  1. Sharebeauty

    Competition in this case is actualy killing pedestrian’s & injuring passengers . We here so often about the dangers of drug cartels abroad though not the true threat of speeding buses ! It’s about time the government stepped in !

    1. Bus companies have had free reign to be competitive companies for decades in Vallarta. Their idea of competitiveness is racing the streets and putting public safety in jeopardy, therefore they no longer should have the right to be a competitive enterprise. If Burger King’s competitive plan was to poison McDonalds food, should they still be able to be in business, much less defended as competitor rights? Three kids under the age of six were killed in Vallarta by buses in 2014, and 50 people were killed by buses statewide. Just two weeks ago a speeding bus slid on its side down 200 at the Marina where the bus driver jumped out of the bus and fled the scene leaving injured passengers. Last week a speeding taxi crashed and killed two tourist passengers. Right to operate as a competitive business was lost by incompetency.

      1. Parkway

        Yikes. Can you share more details on the taxi crash that killed two tourists? I somehow missed that news. Thanks.

        1. I think he is talking about James Golick and Danielle Bessler, both 25 years old, were killed at 12:45 AM in a taxi ride back to their hotel. Also the driver of the other vehicle was killed. The taxi driver survived. If I am not mistaking it was 2 weeks ago on Dec 29.

  2. lzbvl6

    This could be good news. There are way too many speeding empty buses driving around PV just polluting the air. It sure would be nice if the new buses they purchase were to run on CNG (compressed natural gas).

    1. Yes, I spend a lot of time in GDL and they have electrical buses that run through the city, or at lease one major route running east to west and another north to south in the center. It would be a good idea for something like that from Galerias to Old Town just a straight route.They recondition their old out of service buses to be used for electrical lines. They run tethered to an electrical line above the street so it also keeps them from being able to swerve in and out of lanes, which prevents the street racing we see in Vallarta by buses. Win/Win for safety and just a little cleaner air.


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