Brampton Transit adding 10 New Flyer 60-foot buses
The new hybrid buses will expand the Züm bus rapid transit (BRT) fleet to meet the area’s growing population and transit demands. Featuring 40% more passenger capacity than 40-foot vehicles, the 60-foot Xcelsior buses will increase service and improve the passenger experience along key routes connecting people and places within Brampton and the Greater Toronto Area. Using diesel-electric hybrid technology, the new buses will reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% compared to conventional diesel vehicles.
The order follows Brampton Transit and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium’s July announcement of securing $11.15 million in federal funding from Natural Resources Canada to support the adoption of zero-emission transit with a purchase of six battery-electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses.
Fla.-based microtransit operator adds vehicles from Lightning Systems
Lightning Systems delivered the first two units on an initial order of six Lightning Electric Ford Transit 350HD wheelchair accessible passenger vans to Freebee, an operator of on-demand public transportation in the South Florida region. Freebee serves local communities through municipal transportation contracts, using a microtransit model, which provides passengers with free door-to-door rides.
Freebee’s choice of battery-electric vehicles aligns with their mission of reducing the carbon footprint associated with local transportation. This also contributes to municipal sustainability goals, as well as providing cleaner air on the roads.