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Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority
Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses logo.png
Omnibus (guagua) de la AMA.jpg
The Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) provides local and regional bus service in the San Juan metropolitan area.
FoundedMay 11, 1959
Headquarters37 De Diego Ave, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00927
Service area San Juan metropolitan area
Service type Public transport
Alliance Tren Urbano and Cataño Ferry
Routes31
Hubs10
Daily ridership35,000 [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

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.

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

San Juan metropolitan area transit map published by DTOP in 2015

AMA provides bus transportation in 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 31 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. Routes E40 and T3 are the only routes with service on Sundays, along with Tren Urbano and the Cataño Ferry.

All bus stops are identified with a sign with the word Parada (stop). To help the driver, please wave as the bus approaches.

Fares

The regular service fare is $0.75 per ride. The only bus route with a different fare is Route E20 with a $2.00 cost per ride. Reduced fares are available for students, seniors, and people with disabilities.

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

Service Regular service Route E20 (MU)
Full Fare (ages 3 and up) $0.75 $2.00
Children 2 and under Free Free
Student Discount Program $0.60 $1.00
Golden Program Free Free
Half Fare Program $0.75 $1.00
Llame y Viaje (Paratransit) $1.50

Routes

Express routes

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
E10
[3]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Luis Muñoz Rivera Hwy
  • Weekday service only until 8:00pm
  • 10-minute frequency during rush hour
E20
(MU)
[4]
Bayamón
TU station
Campanilla
Park-and-ride
PR-5, PR-22
  • Weekday service only until 7:00pm
  • 15-minute frequency during rush hour
  • Branded as Metro Urbano
E40
[5]
Piñero
TU station
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) Jesús T. Piñero Hwy
  • Daily service until 8:00pm
  • 30-minute frequency

Main routes

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

Circulator routes

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
C1
[16]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Río Piedras Capetillo Juan Ponce de León Ave, Luis Muñoz Rivera Ave
  • Weekday service only until 8:00pm
C22
[17]
Plaza Las Américas Chardón St, Hostos Ave, Arterial B Ave
  • Weekday service only until 8:00pm
  • 20-minute frequency during rush hour
C35
[18]
Puerto Rico Convention Center Manuel Fernández Juncos Ave, Cerra St, Hoare St, Juan Ponce de León Ave
  • Weekday service only until 8:00pm
  • 20-minute frequency during rush hour
C36
[19]
Lloréns Torres Borinquen Ave, Eduardo Conde Ave, Degetau St, Loíza St, Tapia St, Juan Ponce de León Ave
  • Weekday service only until 8:00pm
  • 20-minute frequency during rush hour
C43
[20]
Iturregui
Bus Terminal
Plaza Escorial Pontezuela Ave, Galicia Ave, Campo Rico Ave, PR-190, Monserrate Ave, Fidalgo Díaz Ave, Jesús M. Fragoso Ave, PR-3, El Comandante Ave
C44
[21]
Carolina
Bus Terminal
Campo Rico Avenue Dr. Sánchez Castaño Ave, Eloy Hernández St, Inocencio Cruz St, Calderón Ave, Monserrate Ave, Roberto Clemente Ave, St 419, St 435, Campo Rico Ave, Fidalgo Díaz Ave

Distribution routes

Route Terminals Major streets traveled Notes
D15
[22]
Cupey
TU station
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Quisqueya St, Barbosa Ave, PR-181, José de Diego St
D17
[23]
Piñero
TU station
Centro Médico Station, San Patricio Ave, Jesús T. Piñero Ave, Andalucía Ave, FD Roosevelt Ave, Domenech Ave
D18
[24]
Alturas de Cupey Paraná St, Winston Churchill Ave, Las Cumbres Ave
D19
[25]
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Centro Médico
TU station
San Patricio Ave, FD Roosevelt Ave, De Diego Ave, Américo Miranda Ave
D26
[26]
Piñero
TU station
Trujillo Alto Plaza Gándara Ave, José de Diego St, PR-181, Park Gardens Ave, Frontera Ave, PR-846, Ave A, Venus Ave, PR-199
D27
[27]
Martínez Nadal
TU station
Guaynabo Francisco Paz Granela Ave, Lomas Verdes Ave, Camino Alejandrino, Esmeralda Ave, Carazo St, PR-886
D31
[28]
Cupey
TU station
Emiliano Pol Ave Paraná Ave, Lomas Verdes Ave, Las Cumbres Ave, Emiliano Pol Ave
D37
[29]
Bayamón
TU station
Cataño
Ferry Terminal
PR-167, Sabana Seca Ave, Toa Baja City Hall, Dr. Diego Álvarez Chanca St, Del Lago Ave, Boulevard Levittown, PR-165, Las Nereidas Ave
D45
[30]
Sagrado Corazón
TU station
Loíza Sagrado Corazón St, Tapia St, Isla Verde Ave, PR-187
D53
[31]
Old San Juan
Covadonga Terminal
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) Ashford Ave, Magdalena St, McLeary St, Isla Verde Ave
  • Bus stops at the airport are located on the upper level
D91
[32]
Bayamón
TU station
Santa Juanita Bobby Capó Ave, Main Ave, PR-174, UPR Bayamón, Laurel Ave, Santa Juanita Ave, Hostos Ave, Minillas Ave
D92
[33]
Magnolia Gardens PR-174, Lomas Verdes Ave, Santa Juanita Ave, Magnolia Ave
Notes
  Operated by First Transit

1Effective June 4, 2018 [34]
2Rush hour service: 6:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-7:00pm

Active Bus Fleet

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, 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
Orion V 2004-2005, 2007 35'
New Flyer DE35LF 2005, 2007 35'
Gillig Low Floor 2009 40' 1
Orion VII Next Generation 2010 40
NABI 42-BRT 2012 42' 1, 2
NABI 60-BRT 2012 60' 1, 2
NovaBus Smart LFS 2013-2014 40'

Notes

  • 1: Operated under contract by First Transit
  • 2: Used on route E20 (Metro Urbano)

Inactive Bus Fleet

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

References

  1. ^ Molestos los usuarios de la AMA con la reorganización del servicio (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Amenazan con dejar a pie a usuarios de transporte público (in 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/D15/ D15 map and information
  23. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D17/ D17 map and information
  24. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D18/ D18 map and information
  25. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D19/ D19 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/D31/ D31 map and information
  29. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D37/ D37 map and information
  30. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D45/ D45 map and information
  31. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D53/ D53 map and information
  32. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D91/ D91 map and information
  33. ^ http://ati.pr/en/autobus/D92/ D92 map and information
  34. ^ Nuevas rutas de la AMA conectan con el Centro Médico (in Spanish)

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