The Belize City Council stated that various eco-friendly projects are underway for Belize City in last night’s Freetown Town Hall Meeting. At the meeting, they gave updates on the current projects being carried out as well as the future goals of the City Council. One of these goals is creating an eco-friendly community through the use of modern technology. According to Mayor, Bernard Wagner, they are working on introducing a green urban transit system which seeks to utilize electrical buses.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “In terms of future aspirations we continue to expand our traffic light system to ensure that we optimize public safety, we want to alleviate traffic congestion. We also have in place a south side park project that is well in tuned, it’s called the Ring Road Park Community, we’ll provide children and families with clean green areas to play and enjoy safety. We also want to introduce a green urban transit system, we have done the study report and that is now at the Belmopan 5C’s to see if they will look at that proposal but it is essentially an electric bus type system that we are trying to introduce into Belize City. We are tired of the dilapidated type buses that run throughout the city emitting Co2 all over the place. We are seeking grant funding for it if that comes through we will see a new and modern transit system in Belize City. We also work along with the Green Energy Project, we are looking at Solar Powered park and irrigation system, tremendous public utilities savings city wide we anticipate. We also look at the Belize City sustainable urban development plan and where possible we’ll try to integrate most of that plan within the urban areas of the city such as the Lake I development area that you see ongoing. That’s a big project that will enhance not only the government offices but it will really bring a new life into that whole what we refer to as Gungulung area.”
Bernard Wagner has shared these ideas of using electric buses for transportation at the 2019 Climate Action Summit in New York City.