March 19, 2013

Verizon launches N.Y. bus fleet to cut truck use

To help reduce traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions in New York City, Verizon has rolled out a fleet of 25 buses that will pick up company technicians at central locations throughout the city and then transport them to local job sites.

The fleet — known as MAGIC, which stands for Mobile Area Garage Installation Center — removes approximately 250 Verizon trucks from the city’s roads and frees up the same number of parking spots. The MAGIC buses, each of which can hold up to 12 technicians, do not need to be  parked on city streets — unlike Verizon’s traditional work vehicles, which technicians drive from job location to job location and park at each one while they are at work.

The MAGIC fleet will thus help ease traffic congestion, since roughly 30% of city traffic is caused by drivers searching for parking spots, according to the “2012 Emerging Trends in Parking" report by the International Parking Institute. In addition, by eliminating the need for technicians to spend time searching for available parking spots, Verizon aims to provide more efficient customer service in the city.

"To curb greenhouse emissions and reduce gasoline consumption, two of the MAGIC buses were designed to be fueled by compressed natural gas, and also have plug-in electric systems,”said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer.  

Overall, replacing older Verizon trucks with the more fuel-efficient MAGIC fleet program will save the company more than 70,000 gallons of gasoline yearly. The MAGIC fleet will also reduce CO2 by more than 645 metric tons, which is equivalent to the weight of 200 passenger vehicles.  

Each morning, MAGIC buses pick up Verizon technicians at a handful of the company’s operation centers across New York City and drop off the technicians at their respective work sites. The buses pick up the technicians when they finish their work at a site, and then take them back to their operations centers at the end of the day.

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