METRO’s annual Bus Maintenance Survey sees a growth in workforce issues compared to the first three installments, while more than 60% of the agencies who responded say they are buying more parts because they have to hold onto buses longer.
Hopefully, as the trust funds are going bankrupt, Congress will address not only that issue but also answer the call for a long-term policy on at least coping with the risks of climate change.
Alternatively-propelled vehicles total 16,434 and make up 25% of the fleet totals reported for 2013, with natural gas leading the way.
U.S. transit systems testing the technology see economical as well as environmental benefits. Conversion to other alternative fuels — biodiesel, natural gas and propane autogas — continues growth.
Second annual Bus Maintenance Survey finds that many agencies around the nation are experiencing difficulties with alternative propulsion, as they continue to add new equipment in the shop to service as well as learn new ways to make repairs to the vehicles. Meanwhile parts issues, including concerns about availability, lead times and frequent failures, remains the biggest issue.
Today, the maturation of alternative fuels has made it easier for transit agencies to implement programs than it was for early adopters in the 1990s. Even still, there are many lessons to learn from the early pioneers, including being aware of possible infrastructure and training investments.
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