Prepaid Bus System Almost Ready in Guatemala

Bank Cathay and company “Productos y Servicios Diversificados” began testing the Transfácil system, after an $8 million investment.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

They are currently installing a fiber optics network to transfer data from the buses to a monitoring central station, explained Gamaliel Chin, from the Union of Short Outer Urban Routes Transporters.

“800 units will be fitted to use the card system on April, and the entire 1.750 fleet should be ready by the end of 2010”, reported “On March 20 they will begin selling prepaid cards to consumers”.

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Urban Transport Reform in Guatemala

February 2012

An amendment to the Transportation Act and the adoption of a prepaid system would result in a better public transport service, more revenue and greater safety for users.

These are the suggestions put forward by the Users Association of Urban and Suburban Transport (Autue) in the face of the current situation where there are murders, assaults, illegal charges and abuse against drivers which plague the current transport system in Guatemala City and other cities.

New Health Plans in Guatemala

July 2010

Hospitals are offering a variety of pre-paid health plans with prices starting at $12.50 per month for the most basic.

The plans offered by different hospitals cover services of hospitalization, consultation and lab tests for patients of all ages.

Mario Mendizábal, insurance analyst, explains that the difference between these plans and an insurance product is that with pre-paid health plans, “the customer is paying in advance for future medical services and generally the companies offering the plans are medical institutions”.

Guatemala Inaugurates Public Transportation System

December 2009

President Alvaro Colom inaugurated a new transportation system in the capital city, called 'Transurbano Siga'.

Its name stands for Guatemalan Integrated Bus System, and introduces new bus units and the possibility of prepaying tickets.

Luis Gómez, vice president of the Association of Urban Bus Companies, commented that 5 companies bet on the change in order to provide a top quality service, in which users do not need to carry cash, as they will be using electronic pre-paid cards. Additionally, the driver's unions will enjoy better perks and constant training.

$35 Million for Prepaid Card System for Buses

April 2009

Guatemala will install prepaid card systems on buses between 2009 and 2011 for $35 million.

The system aims for the bus drivers to avoid having to carry cash since the service will only be available through prepaid cards.

According to a note from ACAN-EFE in, the 3 thousand buses that circulate throughout Guatemala City must be fitted with the necessary technology to recognize the prepaid cards.

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