With a theme to be “100% Green in 2018,” the California-based agency recently awarded BYD a contract to supply up to 85 electric buses over a five-year period, with the first 29 set to be delivered over the next year.
With electric bus usage and the adaptation of electric cooling fans continuing to grow, maintenance departments around the nation are working hard to find ways to both address issues and provide specialized training for their staff.
Only a few years ago, these buses could only travel a few hours without needing another charge. Today, some are claiming 160 miles, roughly one-half the specified range of diesel-powered transit buses.
Since many APC systems are now being installed at the bus or train vendor’s manufacturing facility — before they are delivered to the agency — the importance of accurate APC technology descriptions is crucial.
Lower-priced materials are huge factor in this shift. Amenities being implemented include LED displays and solar lighting, to make riders feel welcome.
Prior to opening its $2.2 million facility, Metro Bus paid a health care agency to conduct the physical assessments. Now, trained staff performs applicant interviews and cognitive and physical assessments during one appointment, creating a cost savings of about $125 per assessment.
Just an hour ago you were a safe, respected motorcoach operator taking a group of middle school students on a field trip to a well-known museum or operating a scheduled service run between two big cities. Now, you’re in the eye of a hurricane. So, what are you going to do?
The four-stop, 1.6-mile starter line, which connects downtown’s Union Station to a major healthcare provider and employer, operates vehicles that leverage both overhead catenary and an onboard energy system.
METRO spoke to several suppliers in the industry to find out what’s new with the electric vehicles they currently have on the market, their thoughts on the future of electric buses and more.
Not long ago, companies like Uber and Lyft were considered a threat to public transportation, but now, many cities and transit agencies are starting to work with these ridesharing services to create more multimodal options for their customers.