Conn. Transit adding 31 hybrid-electric buses to fleet

Posted on March 24, 2011

[IMAGE]Cttransit-2011-hybrid-2.jpg[/IMAGE] The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is adding to the growing list of "green" buses in its CTTRANSIT fleet with the pending addition of 31 hybrid-electric buses to the New Haven and Waterbury Divisions.

The New Haven Division will receive 14 40-foot hybrids, with 17 35-foot hybrids going to the Waterbury Division to help upgrade its 15-year old fleet. The 40-foot hybrid buses will seat 38 passengers, while the 35-foot buses will seat 30. All of these buses will be operational by the end of April, 2011.

These hybrid buses are powered by a combination of an internal combustion clean diesel engine paired with a generator, electric storage system and an electric motor. New state-of-the-art small and lightweight lithium-ion batteries provide an extended range for the bus.

The hybrids' new, smaller engine meets the new 2010 near-zero emissions requirement. The hybrid bus design provides for a 25 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to a standard new clean diesel bus. In addition, the buses feature all LED lighting inside and out, replacing fluorescent lights. These lights are more energy efficient and are better for the environment.

The exterior features more windows for passengers, including a back window, and significant upgrades in noise reduction. Passengers can expect a quieter ride inside and out.

Each hybrid bus costs approximately $560,000 while the diesel buses cost approximately $376,000. They were purchased by the Connecticut Department of Transportation using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. CTTRANSIT is the first transit system in the U.S. to receive this new model of bus from New Flyer Inc.

With the addition of these buses, CTTRANSIT now operates 33 diesel-electric hybrid buses and five hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses.

To read about CTTRANSIT's addition of 60-foot articulated buses to the fleet, click here.

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

More News

Va. woman struck by bus awarded $4.5M

The driver had reportedly been in four other accidents in the previous 18 months but was allowed to stay behind the wheel.

Fla.'s HART partners with Megabus.com to pilot service option

The agency is already providing enhanced routes and options through a unique 5-year partnership agreement with Megabus.com which began last year, to offer express travel to and from Miami and Orlando for as little as $1.

BusCon 2015 takes Indy by storm with new vehicles, tech and education

The 20th installment of the show featured more than 50 new exhibitors, 70-plus vehicles and plenty of information to inspire attendees.

House moves to delay PTC deadline

A bipartisan measure has been introduced in the lower chamber that would push back the deadline for most railroads to install automated train technology until December 2018.

Volvo celebrates new Nova, Prevost customer delivery center

The new Plattsburgh, N.Y., building will be equipped of a welcoming customer area, 10 bus delivery spaces and offices to enable our customers to continue their professional activities during their stay.

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



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