Bus

Detroit agency buys hybrid rapid transit buses

Posted on October 26, 2010

[IMAGE]100-0589A-2.jpg[/IMAGE]

SMART, Detroit's suburban bus service, has added two new hybrid-electric articulated buses to its fleet. The first of its kind in southeast Michigan, the new vehicles will help SMART accommodate riders along high-demand routes while helping cut emission.

Purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds, the 61-foot-long buses can accommodate up to 100 riders.

The new buses will be placed into service starting Nov. 1, after SMART drivers and maintenance staff has received the appropriate training. The vehicles will be added to routes during the times and along the segments where the ridership demand is extremely heavy.

The buses are manufactured by New Flyer, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The buses feature the standard SMART amenities, including bike racks, electronic farebox and wheelchair ramps.

SMART entered into a piggy-back agreement with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority which had an existing bus buy contract with New Flyer enabling SMART to receive the buses approximately nine months sooner.

In August 2009, SMART was awarded $20.3 million in ARRA grant funding for capital projects. Completed ARRA-funded projects include the new electronic fareboxes installed on all SMART fixed route buses.

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

More News

Mobility, New Vehicles Highlight BusCon 2018

Held once again in Indianapolis, this year's event featured a look at AVs and electric vehicles, as well as new offerings from BYD, MCI, and Micro Bird Commercial.

Flint MTA awarded grant for 'Vets to Wellness' program

Partnering with other groups to provide health and wellness transportation to the veteran communities throughout the region.

Top BusCon 2018 tweets

A look at some of the highlights from BusCon 2018, which was held in Indianapolis Oct. 1 to 3.

 

FTA honors rural public transit agencies for outstanding service

Calif.-based Monterey Salinas Transit was one of six transit agencies recognized.

Innovation, maintenance excellence honored at BusCon

In all seven fleets and their supplier partners were honored for innovation and two Transit Maintenance Directors of the Year were named.

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 number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

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

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation