ABQ RIDE adding 10 more New Flyer clean-diesel buses
The City of Albuquerque and the City of Albuquerque Transit Department (collectively ABQ RIDE) executed an option for an additional 10 clean-diesel, sixty-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® buses — the third order for these buses from ABQ since December 2018.
In total, ABQ RIDE ordered 30 high-capacity bus rapid transit buses from New Flyer for the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. The five-door buses feature a passenger capacity of 120 people each and are fully accessible, combining five entry and exit doors with smart leveling for effective platform-to-bus boarding.
BAE Systems tapped for San Francisco's 'Green Zone' project
BAE Systems was selected by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to supply electric power and propulsion systems for its transit buses. The Series-ER (Electric Range) system will operate on 68 transit buses and create designated zones throughout San Francisco that are free of emissions. The Series-ER system targets these hot spots to reduce emissions and improve air quality in the areas where people live, work, and visit.
The system opens a new door for San Francisco to get to zero emissions by 2035, as each bus will now be able to drive on clean electric power through each of the areas – known as “green zones.” Buses can now switch to battery power from a combustion engine, temporarily eliminating diesel emissions when they cross the threshold of a green zone. The technology allows the city to convert the fleet into part-time electric buses as an intermediate step to full electrification.
The green zones — nine in total — are located in population-dense neighborhoods most affected by air pollution. Each of the zones have a large presence of traffic that is contributing to a high rate of air pollution.