The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York City Transit's Department of Buses purchased 30 new MV-1 vans for use by the Paratransit Division to determine their suitability as replacement vehicles for older Access-A-Ride vans now in use.
The MV-1 is the first purpose-built vehicle for both ambulatory and mobility impaired customers to meet ADA vehicle guidelines. It seats up to four passengers with a dedicated space for a wheelchair or scooter situated next to the operator. The MV-1 features a large doorway with a low step-in for easy entry and a fully integrated power ramp with a 1,200 pound capacity.
The 15 MV-1 gas-powered and 15 MV-1 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles began arriving in December and are now ready for the road. Paratransit operates a fleet of 1,970 vehicles, 1,300 of which are vans with wheelchair accessibility.
"We are always looking at new ways to reduce operating costs and increase flexibility, while at the same time delivering a safe and efficient Paratransit service for our customers," said MTA New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast.
The designer, developer and marketer of the MV-1 is the Vehicle Production Group (VPG) and is being manufactured by AM General.
City fuel economy for the gasoline-powered MV-1 is approximately 15 miles per gallon (MPG) and 13 MPG for the CNG-powered MV-1 as compared to 7 MPG for the AAR vans currently in use. The gasoline-powered vehicles will be distributed among three carriers: All Transit, GVGII and StarCruiser. They are scheduled to go into service during the week of January 29.
The CNG-powered vehicles will be divided between MVP Transportation Inc. and Columbus Transit LLC and will begin serving customers in mid-February.