Mérida’s New Electric Bus-Tram Hybrid Hits the Road

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After being announced in the summer of 2022, the Ie-Tram began operations this past weekend in Yucatán’s capital city. 

Mérida’s new fleet of Ie-Tram’s look rather modern and have a sleek aesthetic. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The new electric bus/tram hybrid is designed to traverse long distances through the city on dedicated lanes. 

As the service is still quite new and there is a high demand to try out the new service, several city employees are making the rounds to help folks with their questions. 

Va y Ven / Ie-Tram cards can be purchased and recharged at the station in Parque La Plancha. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

As of now, the first and only route to be operational runs from the Ie-Tram’s main station at La Plancha Park to the Tren Maya station in Teya.

La Plancha’s Ie-Tram station is up and running, but details like landscaping, trash cans, and services other than ticket booths are still absent. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The next route to be added will run to Kanasín from La Plancha starting on Dec. 30.

The high-tech fleet will also have routes running toward Umán, Poxilá, and the state university’s engineering faculty in the north of town. 

Several electric charging stations for the Ie-Tram have already been installed. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Earlier: After Years of Planning, La Plancha Park is Officially Open

The Ie-Tram is being integrated into the Va y Ven transit system, which means commuters will be able to use the same prepaid card to travel by bus or Ie-Tram.

The Va y Ven card is the only method of payment accepted on the Ie-Tram, but cards can be purchased and recharged at kiosks at the station and around the city, as well as convenience stores, including Oxxo and Super Willy’s. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

However, while the base fare for Va y Ven buses is 12 pesos, trips on the Ie-tram currently cost 14 pesos. 

Though while in the city, the Ie-Tram runs on dedicated lanes, once on Periferico and the highway, it shares the road with all other vehicles. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

It is also important to keep in mind that transfers within a 90-minute window on the Va y Ven also apply to the Ie-Tram.

For the time being, departures from the Ie-Tram station at La Plancha run every 15 minutes from 7:35 a.m. to 8:20 p.m. and with the same frequency beginning at 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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