February 19, 2013

Clemson puts Nova artic into service

Clemson Area Transit (CAT), a trusted Nova Bus partner, is putting into service the first articulated bus in South Carolina.

CAT leads the state with the introduction of new technologies like Nova Bus’ LFS Artic as an economical, efficient way to ease overcrowding on busy routes.

“We double the capacity and only use one bus to accomplish as much transportation,” said Al Babinicz, CAT GM. “The ‘bendy bus’ technology eventually could help solve transportation problems throughout South Carolina.”

CAT dubbed its LFS Artic the “bendy bus” because of its center articulation that allows the bus to corner tightly and handle city streets as easily as a regular bus. Similar LFS Artic buses are currently in operation in large urban centers including New York City and Montreal.

The high-capacity vehicle provides optimal passenger flow since it offers the industry’s largest center aisle. It is also equipped with Nova Bus’ proprietary electric engine cooling system, resulting in significant fuel savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and competitive lifecycle costs.

CAT plans to use its LFS Artic primarily on the Red Route to transport Clemson University students, faculty and staff to and from campus. As part of its plan for older buses, CAT expects to retire a total of eight buses, of which several will be replaced by articulated buses.

CAT already owns five 40-ft Nova LFS Smart Buses, purchased in 2012.

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