Bus

TriMet unveils ARRA-funded ‘green’ bus wash facility

Posted on November 4, 2010

On Wednesday, Portland, Ore.-based TriMet’s new bus fuel and wash facilities at the Merlo bus yard in Beaverton went into operation. The wash facility replaces one that had exceeded its life span, requiring repeated repairs over the years, while the fuel facility includes upgraded fuel storage tanks.

 

The new wash facility incorporates sustainability features, including reusing and recycling the water used to wash the buses, only using new water during the final rinse phase and operating high-efficiency lighting.

 

Other sustainability features of the overall project, include low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants, high-efficiency irrigation and 20KW solar panel with energy recovery.

 

The new fueling facility also includes four new 20,000 gallon underground storage tanks, each with double walls and a sensor system to detect leaks, which replaced two aging single-wall tanks.

 

The Merlo bus yard houses 130 buses, with 111 buses fueled and cleaned through the facility each day. The bus wash building was opened in 1980 and has been on the rebuild list for nearly a decade, but the project was delayed due to lack of funds.

 

The $10.9 million project, which also includes a new building for the agency's LIFT (paratransit service) administrative functions, was made possible by federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Skanska is the general contractor, overseeing 39 subcontractors that include 10 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms.

 

More than 115 construction workers will be employed over the course of the project and about 20 jobs were retained due to this project. As of Sept. 30, 2010, 39,459.62 job hours had occurred on this project with a payroll of $1.85 million. The LIFT administrative building is expected to open in January 2011.

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

More News

Luxury bus Leap Transit shut down for operating illegally

The startup was recently granted what’s known as the “authority to operate” — a precursor to an official license. But by driving its route between the Marina district and the Financial District without a license, regulators determined that Leap was breaking the law, according to SFGate.

New York MTA bus ridership down

Tens of thousands have been ditching the bus in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while there were modest gains on Bronx and Staten Island routes; Queens had a small decline in ridership, according to the MTA figures. The decline is attributed to traffic congestion and fare hikes.

DC Circulator set to intro new diesel-electric buses

In addition to being more energy efficient, the new buses will have better air conditioning and USB ports for riders to charge their phones.

Investing in bus systems may yield return for workforce and employers

The researchers found an increase in bus systems’ per capita operating expenditures is associated with a decrease in employee turnover. In turn, businesses save money by not having to train new workers or rebuild institutional knowledge within the firm.

New CTA tech aims to reduce bus delays, provide more consistent service

The technology, known as Bus Transit Management System (BTMS), provides real-time monitoring of bus movements and modern real-time communications between bus drivers and CTA’s Control Center.

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