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  1. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: BUS PACE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PULSE MILWAUKEE LINE Pace announces launch of Pulse Milwaukee Line Pace Suburban Bus AUGUST 8, 2019 Tweet Share 0 PACE SUBURBAN BUS Pace is launching its first Pulse rapid transit line, the Pulse Milwaukee Line, with operations starting August 11. Passengers traveling along Milwaukee Avenue between the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Jefferson Park Transit Center and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles will soon benefit from increased service, state-of-the-art stations, and improved customer communications with real-time bus tracker signs at every boarding location. "Pulse represents the next generation of Pace service," said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "The frequency and affordability of this service will improve access to jobs, education, medical care, shopping and entertainment for the residents we serve." Modern purple buses branded with the Pulse logo and equipped with WiFi and USB charging ports will serve completely accessible stations featuring raised platforms to facilitate faster boarding, prominent vertical markers with local and regional maps and real-time bus arrival information, heated shelters with seating, snow-melt pavement and bike racks. All stations will feature community expression elements designed in partnership with the communities and businesses along the route. "A lot of hard work has gone into launching this service," said Executive Director Rocky Donahue. "I would like to thank our dedicated staff and all of the agencies, organizations and communities that had a hand in this, including the village of Niles, city of Chicago, Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and HNTB. There are also several business and property owners along the corridor who deserve a big thank you. This wouldn't be possible without their partnership and support." Pulse service will operate on weekdays between 5 am and midnight with 10-minute frequency during rush hours, 15-minute frequency during non-peak hours until 10 pm, and every 20 minutes from 10 pm until midnight. On Saturdays, Pulse service will begin at 5:30 am and on Sundays it will start at 6 am. Service on both Saturday and Sunday will run until midnight. On weekends and holidays, Pulse will run every 15 minutes until 10 pm when it will transition to every 20 minutes. As Pace finishes work at several stations this fall, passengers may have to use a temporary bus boarding area in some locations after the August launch. The launch of the Pulse Milwaukee Line corresponds with a reduction in frequency on the mostly-overlapping Route 270. Route 270 will continue to make all local stops.
  2. Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee paper and shown on Mass Transit Magazine: TECHNOLOGY FARE COLLECTION CA: SACRAMENTO CITY STUDENTS SOON WILL RIDE BUSES FOR FREE. WILL SUBURBAN STUDENTS BE NEXT? CA: Sacramento city students soon will ride buses for free. Will suburban students be next? Tens of thousands of students living in Sacramento or attending school in Sacramento will soon be able to ride buses or light rail trains for free any time under an agreement between transit and city officials. TONY BIZJAK AUGUST 14, 2019 THE SACRAMENTO BEE Tweet Share 0 Aug. 13--Tens of thousands of students living in Sacramento or attending school in Sacramento will soon be able to ride buses or light rail trains for free any time under an agreement between transit and city officials. The Sacramento Regional Transit board on Monday approved what district officials say could be a groundbreaking student free-ride program, beginning Oct. 1, boosting ridership and helping families with what is often a daily logistical headache: How do parents get to work and get their kids to school if the children attend a school that isn't within walking distance? The change allows families to save as much as $240 a year per student, based on the savings from no longer having to buy a $20 monthly pass. Sacramento City Unified School District officials say the free rides should boost school attendance. "We are very excited to partner with SacRT so students won't have that challenge getting to school," school district spokesman Alex Barrios said. "We have a high concentration of absenteeism rates. A study we conducted showed transportation is one of the major barriers to attendance." An estimated 100,000 city of Sacramento students are eligible. The city of Sacramento has agreed to compensate SacRT up to $1 million to subsidize the program for the first year. The program will be called "RydeFreeRT," a name devised by a group of students working with SacRT. Transit officials are putting together a promotional campaign. Schools will have stickers this fall to put on student IDs. SacRT officials say they hope to extend their free-ride program to students in the agency's entire service area, which covers most of Sacramento County. Transit officials say they are in talks with other cities and school districts in hopes of getting funding agreements to expand the program. "I think it going to make a significant difference in the lives of a lot of our families in our community," said SacRT board member Jay Schenirer, a city councilman and former city school board member who championed the program. The new program represents a major reversal. Two years ago, SacRT had one of the highest student pass rates in the country at $55 per month. That was reduced in 2017 to $20 per month. Transit officials say they hope the program will boost paid ridership longterm by introducing a young generation of Sacramentans to bus and rail ridership. Sutter Health has signed on to conduct a study of the effects of the program. "We are trying to create lifelong riders," Schenirer said. Sacramento's school year begins Aug. 29. Students using buses will have to purchase a pass for the month of September, before the free pass program kicks in in October. The agency will launch a major overhaul of its bus routes beginning Sunday, Sept. 8. For information on the new routes, go to www.sacrt.com/forward. ___ (c)2019 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Visit The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) at www.sacbee.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
  3. Courtesy of the Colombus Dispatch newspaper and shown on Mass Transit Magazine: TECHNOLOGY FARE COLLECTION OH: MORE DOWNTOWN WORKERS TAKING THE BUS BECAUSE OF CPASS OH: More Downtown workers taking the bus because of Cpass More Downtown workers are choosing not to drive to work because of a program that provides them free rides on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses, a survey shows. MARK FERENCHIK AUGUST 15, 2019 THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Tweet Share 0 More Downtown workers are choosing not to drive to work because of a program that provides them free rides on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses, a survey shows. CJI Research surveyed 2,655 Downtown employees and 129 employers in May and June about the Cpass program. According to the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, researchers found that: • Bus ridership among the survey group grew from about 5% before June 1, 2018, when the Cpass program started, to between 10% and 14% in June 2019. • 68% of those surveyed said that Cpass was the reason they started riding COTA buses; an additional 26% said it helped motivate them to use COTA. • 52% of surveyed companies reported that employees had relinquished parking spaces because they began taking the bus. • New riders are generally younger: 35% of those switching are 32 or younger, and 83% are younger than 55. Cleve Ricksecker, the special improvement district's executive director, said the program has done what he and others thought it would: shift people toward transit. The program has enrolled more than 422 Downtown companies, according to the special improvement district. Ricksecker said 30,000 to 32,000 workers in the district are eligible. Cpass members take about 25,000 trips each week. Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and evening newslettersAccording to the survey, the highest rate of Cpass adoption was among people working Downtown for less than a year, at 31%. Also, 34% of the companies surveyed said that Cpass helps them recruit and retain employees, and 17 companies said it played a role in their renewal or signing of a lease in a Downtown building. "I think from COTA's standpoint, it is what we wanted to see," said Michael Loges, COTA's senior economic-development project manager. "The whole goal was to make it easier for people to work Downtown, more affordable to work Downtown." The program is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2020; property owners are to decide late this year whether to agree to fund the program beyond that. "They need to weigh the value of the program versus how much they will pay," Ricksecker said. "I'm really proud of the Downtown property owners," he said. "They took a risk and are being rewarded for it." Property owners pay a total of $2.5 million through assessments for the Cpass program. Another $2.5 million in federal funds comes through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Business people and property owners in the Short North, the Discovery District just east of Downtown, and the RiverSouth area along the Scioto River are interested in the program being extended to serve their areas. "We're having conversations with COTA now," Ricksecker said. "I do think employers should be paying for transit." Some Downtown business managers say the program helps them attract and retain workers. "It definitely has helped our associates in their ability to get to and from work," said Geri Lombard, who manages the Hotel LeVeque, which employs a little more than 100. "It is a hiring incentive. Not all the Downtown areas have that incentive." Juan Laginia, manager at the Crowne Plaza, said the Cpass program offers a benefit to employees who have to deal with scarce parking. Laginia said the hotel does not offer free parking to employees but subsidizes it for some managers. Downtown companies such as State Auto and Root Insurance pay for employee parking. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Columbus Foundation funded the $25,000 study. mferench@dispatch.com @MarkFerenchik ___ (c)2019 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) Visit The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) at www.dispatch.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
  4. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: 8/16/19 BUS REDESIGNED STATEN ISLAND EXPRESS BUS NETWORK RECEIVES IMPROVEMENTS, FASTER BUSES AND INCREASED RELIABILITY IN FIRST YEAR SINCE LAUNCH Redesigned Staten Island Express Bus Network receives improvements, faster buses and increased reliability in first year since launch One year of data proves success of new SIM network driven by unprecedented engagement with customers and local stakeholders. MTA – New York City Transit AUGUST 16, 2019 Tweet Share 0 MTA It’s been one year since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority implemented a complete redesign of the Staten Island express bus network and newly released data shows the express bus service between Manhattan and Staten Island has steadily improved across all metrics due to an unprecedented level of engagement with the MTA among customers, labor partners, local agencies and elected officials. "The Staten Island express network redesign has been a success, with a year’s worth of data showing solid improvements in every measure of customer service and bus performance,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “Our Staten Island customers were incredibly engaged throughout the process, and we are grateful for their advocacy, their commitment to us and the redesign, their patience, and for sharing their feedback that continues to inform our express bus operations and customer service initiatives. We’d like to thank everyone who is involved in this process, including our labor partners at ATU Local 726, NYPD, NYCDOT, and especially Borough President Jimmy Oddo, who continues to work with us very closely to keep this momentum going." The Staten Island express bus redesign was implemented in August 2018 to improve long and unreliable commutes between Staten Island and Manhattan. Utilizing trip performance data, ridership profiles and extensive customer input, New York City (NYC) Transit concluded that the most effective way to make substantial improvements would be to undertake a comprehensive reorganization of the network. The redesign streamlined trips with more direct routing that took advantage of transit priority street designs, balanced stop spacing, minimized routes on local streets and allowed NYC Transit to effectively redistribute resources to areas where they were most needed. The redesign increased both the span and frequency of service for Staten Island Metro (SIM) customers, adding 121 more trips every weekday, 76 more trips every Saturday and 50 more trips every Sunday than the previous express bus network provided. Customers now have more options during off-peak hours and weekends across numerous routes and more service with three new routes. Since the redesign, ridership on the Staten Island express bus network, which serves nearly 36,000 customers each weekday, stayed relatively unchanged, bucking a years-long national trend of declining bus ridership. Other improvements in SIM service from the network redesign include: · More trips: MTA added 121 trips every weekday, 76 trips every Saturday and 50 trips every Sunday compared to the previous network, including off-peak and weekend service. · More routes: MTA added three new routes – the SIM11, SIM33C and SIM9 · More Service: MTA extended route spans – increased the amount of time a route operates – on the SIM1, SIM34 and SIM4/4C · Faster buses: In July 2019, average SIM bus speeds were 5.5 percent faster, or 17.2 mph, compared to 16.3 mph in June 2018 under the old network. Average SIM speeds are going up, to 17.2 mph year-to-date from 15.7 mph for the same period in 2018. · More reliable: In spring 2019, 71.2 percent of customers finished their trip within five minutes of the scheduled time, up from 63.9 percent in spring 2018. · Shorter waits: In July 2019, SIM customers waited for shorter periods – one minute and 15 seconds beyond their schedule wait time -- at stops compared to one minute and 40 seconds under the old network last July. · Less crowding: In July 2019, 30 weekday trips and two weekend trips had standees, compared to 42 weekday trips and five weekend trips under the previous network in July 2018. · Improved transit priority: NYC Transit and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are working closely with New York Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to keep traffic moving near the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel during evening peak hours. The multi-agency collaboration began in fall 2018 has led to faster bus speeds by 29 percent, increasing to 8.2 mph in July compared to 6.3 mph last fall. · Harnessing new technology: Seat availability information for Staten Island express buses is now available online and via the MYmta smartphone app. The technology was first tested by a select group of SIM customers who provided feedback during the bus network redesign, and the feedback from SIM customers will guide the larger rollout of the technology to include all MTA buses. NYC Transit approached the redesign with a customer-led focus and held multiple community open houses and a public hearing, conducted customer surveys on buses and at stops and hosted online surveys for those who were unable to provide feedback in person. NYC Transit worked closely with riders, local community members, elected officials, advocates, partner agencies such as NYPD, NYCDOT and MTA Bridges and Tunnels, and the ATU Local 726 bus operators’ union, led by Danny Cassella. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication shown by our employees throughout the Staten Island express bus redesign,” said Craig Cipriano, acting president of MTA Bus Company and acting senior vice president of NYC Transit’s Department of Buses. “Thanks to our Road Operations team who, with our union partners, used their daily experience to help identify issues and improve SIM service to best meet the needs of our customers. Our collaborative efforts with Borough President Oddo has also been instrumental in the success of our new SIM network. This was the first of our ongoing bus network redesigns and demonstrated MTA’s commitment to a process that resulted in tangible improvements for our customers.” The lessons learned from the Staten Island express bus redesign are being applied to borough-wide express and local bus network redesigns that are underway in the Bronx and Queens as part of NYC Transit’s Fast Forward modernization plan to improve service. These redesigns are also customer-focused, drawing on community outreach and feedback to complement NYC Transit’s analyses of current bus routes, future residential and business developments, customer travel itineraries and surveys. The bus network redesign for Brooklyn will launch in coming months, followed by the local bus network redesign on Staten Island. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said. “For the past year, we have worked every day to get this right, to be accountable, and we continue to do so. We have conference calls with the MTA and ATU 726 twice weekly, and every day my team scours social media for issues that we forward to the MTA. We are better off today under the ‘SIM’ system than we would have been under the old 'X' system, and the data shows that. We still have more work to do to make this a better network for more riders, and I will continue to be a vocal advocate to change some of the structural realities that plague commuting in New York City.” ATU Local 726 President Danny Cassella said, “The Staten Island express bus network today is a significant improvement over the old network, and its success shows that the MTA is open to feedback and collaboration. We are very proud of the work we have done and that the data backs up what we see and hear on the streets and in our buses every day.”
  5. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: 8/16/19 The Société de transport de Laval (STL) will launch Quebec’s first fully electric bus line in 2020 using battery-electric buses with a range of 250 km (155.3 miles). The first of those buses was unveiled at an event on Aug. 15 and will be used for testing and validation ahead of the bus line’s opening. "The addition of this all-electric bus to the STL network perfectly embodies the essential shift in direction that we must make in Québec. I am therefore very pleased to be taking part in today's inauguration, and I hope this initiative will have a ripple effect on other transit authorities in Québec," said Québec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region François Bonnardel. The bus line will consist of 10 Xcelsior CHARGE™ buses from New Flyer and STL will utilize overnight depot charging. Fleet procurement was made possible by a combined C$9.6 million (US$7.21 million) in federal and provincial funding. STL has committed to buy only electric buses beginning in 2024. “Now more than ever, we must do our best to preserve our environment and build sustainable transportation. New Flyer is pleased to support STL and commends its leadership in the evolution to zero-emission mobility, building cities with greater livability, and improving quality of life,” said New Flyer President Chris Stoddart. “We are delighted to partner with STL and provide buses, infrastructure solutions and technology that features Canadian intellectual property in motion and leverages over 50 years of New Flyer experience in manufacturing zero-emission buses.” STL explains that the electric bus will offer riders a smoother and quieter ride, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 to 80 metric tons annually. "This public-transit vehicle of the future is great for the environment, first of all, and second, it will make for a more enjoyable user experience, since it's quieter. Electric buses are clearly part of our future vision in Laval," said Laval Mayor Marc Demers.
  6. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: 8/16/19 BUS VEHICLES DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES ROLLING INTO SERVICE AT TRANSLINK THIS OCTOBER Double-decker buses rolling into service at TransLink this October The first of 32 double-decker buses have arrived in Metro Vancouver. TransLink AUGUST 16, 2019 Tweet Share 0 Double-decker buses are coming to the Richmond, Delta and Surrey, B.C., areas this October after a successful four-month pilot. The first of 32 double-decker buses on order have arrived to expand the current fleet and replace aging highway coaches, providing a less crowded and more comfortable experience for customers. The first double deckers will service the 301 Newton Exchange / Richmond-Brighouse station and the 620 Bridgeport / Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The 555 Lougheed Station / Carvolth Exchange route will be added January 2020. Customers travelling on a double-decker bus will benefit from: · Almost double the seats of a highway coach; · Plug-in USB charging outlets; · Panoramic views from the upper deck; · A wide, well-lit staircase with handrails to maximize safety; · A screen allowing customers to see vacant seats before going upstairs; and · Full accessibility with a low floor and boarding ramp. An order of 25 more double deckers is scheduled to arrive by Fall 2020, expanding to more routes throughout the region. “The double deckers are one way we are elevating the customer experience,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “This addition to our fleet not only improves capacity on our busier long-haul routes but also provides a unique experience to our customers.” The addition of the double-decker buses to the fleet is made possible by contributions from the Federal Government through the Federal Gas Tax (90 percent) and TransLink (10 percent). “Modern, efficient public transit infrastructure plays an important role in building strong sustainable communities,” said the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “These new double-decker buses will help Metro Vancouver meet immediate needs and provide convenient, accessible transportation options that will improve the quality of life for residents today and contribute to a greener future.” For the first chance to board a double decker, one will be available for viewing at TransLink’s PNE exhibit. From August 17 to September 2, people can tour the exhibit which features a double-decker bus as well as an immersive virtual reality experience, a 3D animated model “MicroCity” of Vancouver and much more. Quick Facts: · Route 301 had a 21 percent increase in ridership in 2018 over the year before. · Route 620 had a 14 percent increase in ridership in 2018 over the year before. · The 555 reported over one million boardings in 2018.
  7. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) Board of Directors unanimously approved the MetroNext Moving Forward plan. The action calls for a referendum to be placed on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot for voters to consider $3.5 billion in bonding authority for Metro Harris County. The balance of the $7.5 billion plan would be funded through local dollars and federal funding grants. There would be no new tax increases for implementing the plan. The MetroNext plan includes 75 miles of MetroRapid service (Bus Rapid Transit), including a connection to Bush Intercontinental Airport, 16 additional miles of light rail including a connection to Hobby Airport, expanded two-way HOV/HOT lanes, 290 miles of BOOST or optimized bus service along heavily traveled routes and signature bus service on Westheimer with limited stops. The plan also calls for investments in 21 new or improved Park & Rides and transit centers, as well as accessibility and usability improvements for seniors and the disabled. In all, MetroNext includes about 40 transit projects.
  8. August 14, 2019 | New Flyer Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – August 14, 2019:(TSX: NFI) New Flyer Industries Canada ULC (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that the BC Transit Corporation (“BC Transit”) has issued an order for 68 compressed natural gas (“CNG”) Xcelsior® forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. The order follows BC Transit’s 2018 purchase of CNG buses, which were converted from the New Flyer option backlog. Today’s announcement follows the July 29, 2019 launch of BC Transit’s low carbon program, which committed to full fleet electrification by 2040. Within this plan, BC Transit will transition all 1,200 of its buses from traditional propulsion to zero-emission vehicles. Earlier in July, the Canadian and British Columbia provincial government pledged $79 million to BC Transit for a new electric bus fleet. BC Transit has ordered 700 buses from NFI since 1992, including New Flyer transit buses, Alexander Dennis Limited double-deck buses, and ARBOC®low-floor cutaway buses. “BC Transit is a shining example of a progressive transit agency utilizing safe and readily available buses to lead the low carbon revolution,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “With the ability to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions by 90%, CNG has an immediate impact on improving air quality. Since 1994, New Flyer has delivered over 13,000 CNG buses across North America and is proud to build on this low-emission footprint with BC Transit. Together, and alongside our battery-electric buses in Toronto, Montreal, and Laval, we are driving sustainable transit in Canada.” New Flyer is the only manufacturer offering a complete range of clean propulsion systems in both conventional and articulated transit buses, and has been advancing zero-emission bus (“ZEB”) mobility in Canada since 1968 when it delivered its first ZEB to the Toronto Transit Commission. Since then, it has delivered over 540 ZEBs across Canada. New Flyer’s first CNG bus was delivered in 1994, followed by the introduction of its first ever battery-electric bus in 2012. NFI has over 50 years’ experience manufacturing zero-emission buses, and actively advocates for the electrification of public transit vehicles and standardization of charging infrastructure. In 2018, it signed onto the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, the CALSTART Global Commercial Drive to Zero pledge, the Transportation Electrification Accord; joined OppCharge in North America; and celebrated the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium’s (“CUTRIC”) launch of the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial – the world’s first multi-manufacturer interoperability demonstration for fast-charge electric buses – of which New Flyer was a contributing member.
  9. August 6, 2019 | New Flyer St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – August 6, 2019: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced that The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha (“Metro”) has issued a new order for ten compressed natural gas (“CNG”) Xcelsior® sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (20 equivalent units or “EUs”). The order follows a 2018 purchase of 19 New Flyer buses. Metro’s low-emission bus order bolsters its vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Omaha while supporting the launch of its new bus rapid transit (“BRT”) route known as the Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (“ORBT”). The ORBT experience unites smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation and features onboard GPS, WiFi, and mobile fare payment upgrades, to allow payment via Metro’s app. “As North America’s BRT leader and the only manufacturer offering a complete range of clean propulsion systems in both conventional and articulated transit buses, New Flyer is proud to have once again been selected by Omaha Metro – this time for its new progressive ORBT service,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “CNG powered buses reduce fleet NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions by 90% over conventional diesel-powered vehicles. Since 1994, New Flyer has delivered nearly 13,000 CNG buses, and we know our buses will serve Omaha with the greatest accessibility and cleaner air for their community.” Metro delivers 100% ADA accessible fixed route and express/commuter bus public transit within the city limits of Omaha, Nebraska, providing over 4.5 million passenger trips per year. New Flyer, a leader in fully-accessible and high-capacity bus rapid transit solutions, has BRT buses operating in cities such as Cleveland, San Bernardino, Eugene, San Jose, and Seattle. New Flyer has been leading innovation in transit for over 85 years. In 2017, it opened the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology, and in 2018 became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.
  10. August 12, 2019 | New Flyer St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – August 12, 2019: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced a new contract for 75 clean-diesel, forty-foot Xcelsior® heavy-duty transit buses for Pace Suburban Bus (“Pace”). The new fleet will replace older buses currently in operation, while growing Pace’s service footprint to support its Vision 2020 strategic plan which outlines a more efficient long-range network that is convenient and easy for passengers to understand. “Public transit plays a critical role in developing smart mobility solutions for growing cities, and as the backbone of Chicago’s suburbs, Pace is establishing the foundation for mobility to more than 8 million residents,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “As part of its network and service expansion, we are thrilled to support Pace with its first ever order for New Flyer’s safe, reliable, and fully accessible Xcelsior transit buses that will significantly improve the passenger experience.” “We are delighted to modernize our fleet with new Xcelsior buses from New Flyer,” said Rocky Donahue, Pace’s Executive Director. “These clean-diesel buses use ultra-low sulfur fuel with a four-step filtration process to remove harmful emissions from the exhaust, adding to our inventory of emission-reducing buses. These vehicles support our mission to be a good steward of the environment.” Pace is the suburban bus division and regional paratransit provider of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area, covering six counties over 3,400 square miles and providing over 35 million passenger trips per year. Pace's family of public transportation services includes vanpool, rideshare matching, community-based transportation programs, and also recently expanded with Pulse, Pace’s new rapid transit network. Pace, an industry leader, was named a 2019 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-vehicles and clean-air solutions for transportation. Pace also operates nearly 40 over-the-road coaches from Motor Coach Industries, another NFI subsidiary. New Flyer has been leading innovation in transit for nearly 90 years. In 2017, it opened the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology, and in 2018 became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. It is the only provider of full suite bus solutions in North America, offering transit buses, motor coaches, and low-floor cutaway buses.
  11. The Massachusetts Transportation Authority (MBTA) has introduced new, zero-emission, battery-electric bus prototypes to join the Silver Line fleet. The introduction of the prototypes was celebrated at an event with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, who all gathered at the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility. “The procurement and testing of new battery-electric bus technology is exactly the type of investment we aim to continue with the Transportation Bond Bill in order to help the MBTA plan for the future,” Baker said. “Our administration will continue to explore ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the commonwealth’s transportation system and we look forward to more improvements as the MBTA makes progress on delivering a more reliable bus system.” With support from a $10 million federal grant, the MBTA procured from New Flyer the production of 5 zero-emission, battery-electric, 60-foot, articulated buses. All 5 are currently in Boston with the first BEB prototype having arrived in April 2019 to begin testing and operator training. Three BEBs are entering service today on Silver Line Routes SL2, SL3, SL4, and SL5 with the next 2 anticipated to enter service on these routes by the end of the summer. Five charging stations are also being built within the Southampton Bus Garage and Maintenance Facility as part of the project where each BEB will be “refueled” overnight. “We’re excited to introduce these first battery-electric buses into service on the Silver Line to test how they operate in real-world conditions on Boston streets and in the Silver Line tunnel,” Poftak said. “This is an exciting first step in testing new technologies to electrify our bus fleet, save on fuel costs and reduce our maintenance needs. We look forward to seeing how these buses perform, gathering data on power consumption, and testing their range during extreme weather as we continue to seek ways to reduce greenhouse gases and improve service for our customers.” These BEBs are powered by both rear axle and center axle electric motors to enhance safe operation during the winter months. Most 60-foot Low Floor articulated buses in service in North America utilize only the rear axle to provide propulsion power by pushing the bus, which can experience traction issues during winter months when snow and ice are present. The performance of the BEBs’ axle placement will be one feature specifically tested and studied while in service. The MBTA will also be one of the first systems to test 100 percent electric heat for comfortable onboard temperatures during winter months. Previously, U.S.-built BEBs operated diesel-fired auxiliary heaters. With a commitment to vehicle efficiency, energy conservation and sustainability, the MBTA continues to explore available technologies and new vehicles that are capable of zero-emissions operation in the Silver Line Transitway Tunnel, which serves the World Trade Center, Courthouse and South Station stops. Innovative projects like the MBTA Silver Line Zero Emission Bus Project directly reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and help improve ridership by offering a quieter, emission-free transit experience. During a two-year period following the introduction of the BEBs into service, the MBTA will test and gather data on this emerging technology to measure BEB performance and operational effectiveness with a focus on power consumption of electric heaters, operator and passenger comfort, vehicle range impact during extreme conditions, charging requirements and projected operating costs. The MBTA will operate these buses on Silver Line routes to measure the capabilities of the technology for consideration in future zero-emission bus procurements. Over the past four years, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested funding for transit improvements that have included the purchase of hundreds of new buses as well as the purchase of hybrid vehicles: The MBTA has purchased 575 new buses with 381 already in service and 194 additional hybrid buses in production. More than one third of the bus fleet was recently replaced. Once the additional hybrid buses are in service, more than half of all MBTA buses will be less than five years old. These new buses replace the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles in the fleet and provide a more comfortable ride for passengers. The piloting of these 5 zero-emission, battery-electric buses is also the first step in testing new technologies to electrify the fleet. In April 2018, the MBTA introduced the Silver Line 3-Chelsea service, providing a direct link between Chelsea and the Seaport District. This project was the first new MBTA service since the Greenbush Commuter Rail Line came online in 2017 with the $56.7 million project jointly funded by MassDOT ($7.6 million) and the MBTA ($49.1 million). Following positive results from a Transit Signal Priority (TSP) pilot, the FMCB approved plans to expand the T’s TSP pilot to include broad corridors of the MBTA street-level system. TSP provides faster service to bus passengers by using signal technology to reduce dwell times for vehicles that operate in mixed traffic. As part of the Better Bus Project, the MBTA has partnered with cities and towns to implement dedicated bus lanes and queue jumps, resulting in faster trips for bus passengers. Bus lanes currently exist on Brighton Avenue in Allston, Washington Street in Roslindale, Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge and Watertown, and Broadway in Everett. The MBTA is currently investing more than ever before to upgrade its infrastructure under its current $8 billion, five-year Capital Investment Plan already in place, and the Baker-Polito Administration’s Transportation Bond Bill includes approximately $5.7 billion for the MBTA to continue funding improvements. The bond bill also includes a number of proposals to accelerate capital investments that include investments in the MBTA’s bus system, including continued funding for the dedicated bus lanes, signal prioritization, bus shelters and other infrastructure; for sustainable transit system modernization investments to modernize the bus fleet and support the Better Bus Project; and for maintaining the bus fleet and operational improvements. There are additional provisions to allow for the use of design-build procurement for smaller projects, which reduces the timeline for delivering capital improvements, and job-order contracting, which is a faster, more cost-effective way to address outstanding maintenance needs. The bill would also establish a process to leverage private-sector investment to fund and build transit improvements. The provisions in the bond bill that seek to expedite the T’s pace of investment come on the heels of the T’s plan to accelerate capital investments by exploring more aggressive closures overnight and on weekends, increasing the regimen of proactive inspections, negotiating with contractors to compress project schedules, augmenting the existing workforce with a flexible team that can provide necessary services such as flaggers, bus operators, and power, signal and track personnel to support capital investments.
  12. August 8, 2019 | New Flyer St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA – August 8, 2019: (TSX: NFI) New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s leading independent global bus manufacturers, today announced an order from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (“CTDOT”) for fifty, forty-foot heavy-duty Xcelsior®clean-diesel buses (50 equivalent units or “EUs”). The order converts 50 buses from the option backlog to firm orders, with 61 units remaining in the option backlog. The new buses, operating under the CTtransit name, replace older vehicles in the fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient buses, and are part of a five-year contract for 485 buses announced in 2016. In addition to replacing older buses, CTDOT will integrate these fifty buses into the current Hartford location bus fleet to service the City of Hartford and surrounding areas. Since 1989, NFI has delivered over 750 buses and coaches to CTDOT, including New Flyer transit buses and MCI motor coaches. Over 420 of them are still in service. “Having delivered over 670 transit buses to CTDOT over the past three decades, New Flyer continues to support communities across Connecticut with fully-accessible transit buses in a range of propulsions,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “Our Xcelsior model is safe, reliable, and proven, with over 10,000 models delivered and revenue service in excess of one billion miles in North America. As CTDOT strives to deliver the best possible passenger experience, we will continue innovating our mobility solutions to keep Connecticut moving.” CTDOT provides public transit in eight urban areas across Connecticut, delivering more than 27 million annual passenger trips and offering a range of transportation demand management services under the name CTrides including vanpooling, carpooling, and telecommuting. New Flyer has been leading innovation in transit buses for nearly 90 years. In 2017, it opened the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology, and in 2018 became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. It is the only provider of full-suite bus solutions in North America and has the broadest range of drive systems in North America.
  13. Routes 127,163- 167 and 168 are guaranteed routes with those cruisers(40 footers) Some 166 and 167 routes will have 45 footers, either a Detroit, Cat or Cummins engine. Other routes to and from the PABT have the 2000- 2003 cruisers as well, but with a mixture of other cruisers that are younger than those 2000-03 models.
  14. Here's my guess, either 02000 and 02100s, 2000 & 2100s or still have them in the high 9000 series, such as 9700 and 9800.
  15. Yes most of Bergenline Ave Jitneys are total junk tards. How many jitney bus companies are operating on that Avenue? At least most of "Express" dollar buses have better turtletop buses than the Bergenline jitneys. Off topic here regards to condition. Why in the hell does NJ Transit bus maintenance leave the back of their buses covered in black sut? Market St garage has a bunch of Nabis and some MCIs covered in that dirty crap. Some of their Suburbans are purposely covered disgracefully in that nasty sh*t. Enough for maintenance sarcastically to write, "Wash Me". I see CUSA "Community" buses here in Passaic County and Bergen County looking decent to sharp from outside because they take their washes seriously. Compared that to some of NJ Transit's Northern Bus garages is laughable

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