Bus

CTA takes delivery of 58 stimulus-funded buses

Posted on September 22, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that all 58 articulated hybrid buses purchased by the agency with federal stimulus funds have arrived and are in service.

The CTA, which received $241 million in stimulus funds, $50 million of which was used to fund the articulated hybrid bus purchase, now has 208 articulated hybrid buses in its fleet and estimates that the hybrid technology will help save the agency more than $7 million annually in parts, labor and fuel.

"These stimulus funds enabled the CTA to purchase these much-needed buses, which not only reduce costs through improved fuel efficiency and reliability, but also provide a quieter and smoother ride," said CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez. "With our budget constraints and nearly $7 billion in unfunded capital projects, it is a challenge to maintain and upgrade the fleet while still being fiscally prudent."

The 60-foot hybrid articulated buses are at least 30 percent more fuel efficient than the non-hybrid buses they replaced and are 60 percent lower in emissions. The buses also have increased rider capacity - up to 125 riders versus 80 riders on the older 40-foot buses. Other features include a plug-in that allows the batteries on the bus to remain charged when the bus is not in use. Power is drawn from the batteries to operate the auxiliary heater and circulate warm coolant through the engine block during overnight storage in cold weather. This eliminates the need to idle buses for startup.

CTA's other stimulus funded projects include track renewal and replacement in the Dearborn Subway. The agency recently completed the second of three phases of the $88 million track replacement project six weeks earlier than originally anticipated due to improvements in how the work was sequenced.

 

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

New York City Transit introduces bicycle racks to buses

Racks available on S53, S93 Routes for 1-Year pilot testing feasibility and impact to service.

National Express takes over operation of Merced's The BUS

The Bus offers fixed-route and paratransit services to the communities of The Joint Powers Authority of Merced County’s seven member agencies, including the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, and Merced, and the County of Merced.

Maine's Greater Portland Transit adds pass for high school students

The Transit Pass allows free and unlimited use of METRO bus routes during the academic school year, including weekends and break periods.

San Francisco introduces interactive, online performance dashboards

The site contains results from 13 key areas, including the percentage of on-time performance, mode share, crime stats, the agency’s carbon footprint, collision data and other information aligned with the SFMTA’s strategic plan.

ABC founder, industry icon Clancy Cornell passes

The founder of ABC Companies, Clancy grew a small transport service — Faribault Bus Service — into an industry force leaving an indelible list of accomplishments and memories in his path.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close