Bus

SORTA receives $1.6M for mini-hybrids

Posted on June 7, 2012

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded more than $1.6 million through its new Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (Metro) to purchase five mini-hybrid buses.

The mini-hybrids are full-size buses with advanced thermal cooling systems that provide benefits similar to traditional hybrid buses, but at a significant cost savings:

•    $240,000 per bus less than the cost of a traditional hybrid bus.

•    $2,000 a year in fuel savings and improved operational performance per bus.

•    Up to 10% fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel bus.

•    Reduced maintenance costs.

The five new mini-hybrids are expected to go into service in 2014. This spring and summer, Metro is replacing 45 old buses with mini-hybrids.

“This funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation is critical to replace buses in our fleet,” said Terry Garcia Crews, Metro’s CEO/GM. “These funds will allow us to purchase new, environmentally friendly buses to better serve the community and improve air quality.”

ODOT awarded a total of $14 million to 19 urban transit systems. Under the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program, projects are competitively selected to receive federal monies to reach goals of maintaining and sustaining the transit systems in Ohio. A full list of funding recipients can be found on ODOT’s website.

More News

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.

Chicago to buy 125 new buses per Mayor's 'modernization' plan

The new bus order is part of a contract CTA awarded to Nova Bus in January 2013. The new buses will replace the oldest vehicles in the fleet – the Nova 6400-series buses, which were purchased between 2000-2002.

Allied Specialty Vehicles names Furman to VP sales post for ASV Bus

Shawn Furman has been named southeast regional VP of sales for ASV Bus. Furman will represent ASV’s commercial, transit and school bus brands and report to John Walsh, vice president of sales and marketing for ASV Bus.

See More News

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