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ADO begins ground transportation service at the Merida airport Monday, but not without a fight. Photo: Panoramio
ADO buses ready to roll. Photo: Panoramio

The prominent bus line ADO announced yesterday that it will reinforce security measures for this summer vacation season, during which an estimated 35,000 passengers are expected in southeast Mexico.

Video cameras are being installed in its vehicles and terminals, and federal police are increasing patrols where passengers will gather.

Heightened security has been implemented mainly by the federal police, the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, as well as by state authorities of Veracruz, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Foreign and domestic visitors are expected to increase in numbers between 20 and 25 percent this summer. The peak season is considered July 9-Aug. 22, but already ADO — while pushing more discount deals — is reporting high ticket sales.

ADO reports its main destinations for this summer holiday are Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Cancun. They also hope to increase their services to Mexico City, Villahermosa, Coatzacoalcos, Campeche and Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Earlier this year, ADO debuted 18 new high-tech buses to be employed on its airport routes at Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Mérida.

Each bus is outfitted with 51 plug-in ports for connecting tablets and mobile phones. The buses also have built-in emission-control systems.

About ADO

ADO is short for Autobuses de Oriente, one of Mexico’s most prominent bus companies. It was founded in 1939 with six buses with one route that connected Mexico City, Puebla, Perote, Jalapa and Veracruz, during a time when the roads were dangerous and there were no terminals or repair shops. Each of the founding partners had to serve as driver, baggage handler, mechanic, administrator, etc., according to its Wiki page.

In the 1950s it added a route to Villahermosa, and today also serves Cancun, Oaxaca, Campeche, Cuautla, Huatulco, Mérida and Coatzacoalcos.

Sources: Milenio Novedades, Riviera Maya News

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