Bus

VTA to add 35 Gillig hybrid buses to fleet

Posted on October 10, 2013

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) approved a contract for the purchase of 35 40-foot Gillig LLC buses powered by hybrid diesel-electric technology.

Fifteen of the new buses will operate in regular service while 20 will operate on VTA’s popular Express service routes. The buses will be equipped with reclining seats, reading lights, luggage racks and free Wi-Fi.
 
VTA’s current 425-bus fleet includes vehicles that have reached their useful lifespan with more than 600,000 miles on them and have been in operation for more than 16 years. With this new addition of buses, VTA will have converted one-third of its fleet to clean-energy vehicles, enhancing VTA’s bus operations that already achieves 90% on-time reliability and 99.7% service delivery.

The new buses are anticipated to have 25% better fuel economy, similar to the results VTA is experiencing with the 90, 40-foot hybrid Gillig vehicles first introduced into its fleet in November 2010.
 
“We’ve been very pleased with the fuel-efficiency savings and performance of the hybrid buses. Each new bus we receive allows us to replace 14 year old less efficient buses with state of the art, environmentally and community friendly buses,” said Michael Hursh, VTA’s chief operating officer. “Our customers are benefiting from the reliability of these buses and we are seeing near 100% service delivery which meets our goal to improve service and keep our customers satisfied.”
 
The purchase of the 35 Gillig buses totals $27 million and is funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant, State Prop 1B money and local 2000 Measure A funds. The new buses are expected to be in circulation by Fiscal Year 2015.

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

More News

UTA takes delivery of Provo/Orem BRT bus

The New Flyer Xcelsior 60-foot articulated bus is the first to be delivered and will now go through a thorough testing process.

FTA makes $226M in grants available to improve transit bus service

All projects must comply with Buy America regulations, which require that all iron, steel, or manufactured products be produced in the U.S., as well as final assembly of vehicles.

WSP USA designing BRT system for TriMet

The 14-mile Division Transit Project will provide an improved high-capacity connection between downtown Portland and the City of Gresham via Division Street.

New Flyer to supply 14 60-foot articulated buses to Brampton Transit

The vehicles will be delivered starting Q1 2018.

Valley Metro to add 187 ElDorado, New Flyer buses

All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.

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

Please sign in or register to .    Close