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Transit Flooring Stands Up to Foot Traffic

Posted on December 23, 2010 by Brittany-Marie Swanson, Assistant Editor

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[IMAGE]MET1flooring-nora-samples-2.jpg[/IMAGE]Cutting Costs

Investing in functional, safe and attractive transit flooring can be surprisingly affordable, thanks to cost-saving measures manufacturers are taking.

"Of course, the [transit] car builders are always looking to reduce costs," says Hume. "Because of that, we started working with a particular subfloor provider to provide the builder with a total flooring system. That way, the builder doesn't have to install the floor at their facility any more.

"In the future, a builder can order a floor from a subfloor provider and they will provide the whole floor system with our product already installed," he explains.

With easily customized solutions like Koroseal's step trends, which can be quickly manufactured in any size or configuration, transit authorities have no need to spend extra to fit or refurbish awkward spaces.

Reducing shipping costs can also go a long way in cutting the expense of installing transit flooring solutions. R.C.A. Rubber formulated its Transit-Flor LGF to better serve customers through a sizable weight reduction.

"Transit-Flor LGF has a higher content of natural rubber, which is a lighter material than what it has replaced," Bullock clarifies. "It gives us a 40-plus percent reduction in weight for a kit or a set of bus flooring. It's going to reduce shipping costs for the OEMs throughout the U.S. and Canada."

Bullock says that the decreased weight will also provide financial benefits to the end user.

With the reduced weight, "you're pretty much taking a body off that bus," he continues. "I know it doesn't sound like a lot — but especially with the low-floor buses, weight becomes a larger issue as time goes by. Also, the cost of fuel has made weight a critical issue."

R.C.A. Rubber also saves money by producing everything locally.

"We're trying to make this a win-win situation for us as a company and for the OEM and end user."

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