Accessibility   |   Bus   |   Management & Operations   |   Motorcoach   |   Rail   |   University

September 2013

2013 Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets: Innovate with Tech, Green Vehicles

With 58% of transit agencies reporting they are having issues with funding for operations, this year’s 65,461 total vehicles is up slightly — 124 vehicles — compared to 2012, according to respondents to METRO’s Top 100 Transit Bus Fleets survey.

New York City Transit holds the top spot with a total 4,426 vehicles, while New Jersey Transit (2,416), the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (2,370), the Toronto Transit Commission (1,882) and the Chicago Transit Authority (1,870) round out the top five.

Making changes, adding tech
As funding issues persist for transit agencies, many look to implement new initiatives to enhance their services. Albuquerque’s ABQ Ride (No. 86) created a real-time bus location app for iPhone and will soon release a companion for Android. It also completed a four-year, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded project to install 414 bus shelters.

In Tennessee, the Memphis Area Transit Authority (No. 90) installed an automatic vehicle locator system and new security cameras on all revenue vehicles, vehicle health monitoring devices on all buses and bicycle racks, and automatic passenger counters and automatic voice annunciators on all fixed-route buses. The agency also installed signage showing real-time passenger information at all transit centers and trolley stops.

Meanwhile, to help make up for funding issues, many of this year’s respondents continue to redesign routes to enhance optimization and work with state and local officials to develop long-term tax revenue solutions as well as make the unpopular decisions to raise fares, cut service and downsize staff.

The numbers
A closer look at the numbers reveals 47,239 buses are 35 feet or longer, making up 72% of the total vehicles reported, with 12,774, or 19.5%, of vehicles 35 feet and under. Fifty-seven percent, or 37, 539, of the total vehicles are low-floor applications and 10% are used for demand response. This year’s Top 10 makes up 34% of the Top 100 Bus Fleet totals, remaining steady compared to 2012. Overall, this year’s respondents report that they intend to order 5,933 vehicles in the next year, up 1% from last year’s number.

Meanwhile, alternatively-propelled vehicles total 16,434 and make up 25% of the fleet totals reported for 2013, with natural gas leading the way. Additionally, three out of five respondents say they are interested in exploring natural gas. Hybrid-electric vehicles made a big leap in 2013, going from just over 4,500 vehicles in 2012 to 6,824 this year, or 41.5% of the total alternatively-propelled vehicles reported. Less than 1% of fleets are comprised of hydrogen or propane-fueled vehicles.

Digging a bit deeper, 16 transit agencies in this year’s Top 100 are from Canada, with seven cracking the top 20. Meanwhile, California (15), New York (nine) and Texas (six) make up the three states with the most representation.  

With budget and staff cuts across the nation, METRO would especially like to thank all of the transit agencies for participating this year. If you know a fleet that belongs on this list or have suggestions on how to improve our future lists, please let us know.

To view the Top 100, click here.


Write a letter to the editor
deli.cio.us digg it stumble upon newsvine
[ Request More Info about this product / service / company ]

  • Randy[ October 10th, 2013 @ 5:11pm ]

    Inaccurate. SEPTA is up there. But SEPTA has more rail than any of them and more modes.

  • Alex R.[ October 14th, 2013 @ 8:46am ]

    This is Top 100 Bus Fleets. All numbers are reported by the agency.

  • D. Jensen[ November 15th, 2013 @ 10:09am ]

    The use of the term "top" 100 transit systems is a misnomer. The term should be "largest". They are tops in numbers only, not in all measures, such as performance.

E-NEWSLETTER

Receive the latest Metro E-Newsletters in your inbox!

Join the Metro E-Newsletters and receive the latest news in your e-mail inbox once a week. SIGN UP NOW!

View the latest eNews
Express Tuesday | Express Thursday | University Transit

White Papers

Mass Transit Capital Planning An overview of the world-class best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and funding capital projects to optimize resources and align with the organization’s most critical immediate and long-term goals.

The Benefits of Door-to-Door Service in ADA Complementary Paratransit Many U.S. transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of ADA service, the costs, and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service, which is the method of choice for a significant majority of agencies. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.

Mass transit mobile Wi-Fi & the public sector case study How Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority successfully implemented Wi-Fi on its light rail and bus lines

More white papers


STORE
METRO Magazine - February/March 2013

METRO Magazine
Here are the Highlight:
  • Federal Policy Will Depend on Available Revemues
  • Proterra to Power S.C. Town with All-Electric Fleet
  • Passengers Seek More Ways to Pay Fares
    And much more…
  •  
    DIGITAL EDITION

    The full contents of Metro Magazine on your computer! The digital edition is an exact replica of the print magazine with enhanced search, multimedia and hyperlink features. View the current issue