Malaga's bus fleet will include 12 additional hybrid vehicles. / ñito salasThe local authority has drawn up plans to invest the 7.5 million euro "> Malaga's bus fleet will include 12 additional hybrid vehicles. / ñito salasThe local authority has drawn up plans to invest the 7.5 million euro ">

The city council will spend 5.6 million euros for 12 hybrid buses

Malaga’s bus fleet will include 12 additional hybrid vehicles. / ñito salas

The local authority has drawn up plans to invest the 7.5 million euro surplus from last year, including aid for Ukrainian refugees

Malaga council have now approved the first change to this year’s budget, to include a €7.5m surplus that was carried over from last year. Of this sum, 5.6 million euros will be used to modernize the EMT’s bus fleet by purchasing 12 additional hybrid megabuses. These will come into service in a few months.

The council is committed to integrating as many hybrid buses as possible into the public transport system. So far, they have purchased 25 of these vehicles, including 10 megabuses that can carry 150 passengers. These began to be used in mid-2021 at a cost of 4.7 million euros. The local authority is also in the process of buying 100% electric buses, thanks to a two million euro grant from the government, financed by European Next Generation funds.

50,000 euros to help Ukrainians

Part of the money (840,000 euros) will be devoted to cultural and promotional events, such as international congresses including the Seatrade Cruise Med show in September and the High Level Conference on Human Rights, Civil Society and the fight against terrorism, which is to take place in May.

Another 385,000 will be assigned to Malaga’s campaign to host Expo 2027, and 50,000 euros will be used to help the people of Ukraine, 35,000 of which will go to the Maydan Malaga association to provide emergency humanitarian aid. The other 15,000 will help transport food and other essentials for the region.

An additional €100,000 will finance grants in the field of education, to provide school canteens to pupils at risk of social exclusion

Finally, the council plans to allocate more than 350,000 euros for the improvement of certain areas of the city, such as 150,000 for a training park in Teatinos and 153,400 for the renovation and reopening of the swimming pool in Puerto de the Tower.

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