Pablo M 201 35 Posted February 21, 2008 Share #1 Posted February 21, 2008 NJ Transit receives its first of 1,145 new buses By Larry Higgs (Staff Writer) February 21, 2008 http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080221/NEWS03/802210539/1007/NEWS03 NEWARK — The first of 1,145 brand new, refrigerator-white buses ordered by NJ Transit was parked outside the mass transit agency's headquarters last Wednesday, smelling like a new car. Bus number 5201 is the first of the vehicles, which will become as familiar to riders as the similar buses they will replace, representing about half the fleet of the agency's "transit" or city buses and suburban buses. They will phase out the oldest boxy buses first, starting this summer and continuing for the next six years. Executive Director Richard Sarles ran through the list of features on the new bus like an auto show spokesmodel. Improved air conditioning and two inches more leg and hip room in suburban-style buses, brighter lighting and individual reading lights are among the amenities Sarles listed. Bus stops also will be shown inside the bus on light emiting diode displays. The buses also are the first to be delivered with security cameras installed inside the vehicle and have improved emissions equipment that meets or exceeds federal pollution standards. The buses also have a larger area for drivers. The new buses also have wheelchair lifts for handicapped riders. The $409 million order of 1,145 buses will have 1,070 transit or city buses and 75 suburban buses. A contract was awarded in January 2007 to North American Bus Industries Inc., of Anniston, Ala., to build replacements for 80 percent of NJ Transit's fleet of buses. The new buses will replace three generations of buses: the 1994 Flxible Metro D, the 1995 Nova A and the 1999 Nova B buses, all which have already been through midlife rebuilds. Delivery of the new buses will take place over six years at the rate of 200 buses a year. At that rate, the newest "old" bus will be 14 years old before retirement, said James Gigantino, vice president and general manager of bus operations, in an earlier interview. Federal transit standards give buses a life span of 12 years. The prototypes arrived earlier than the summer 2008 arrival date. Hybrids were ruled out because they are about 30 percent more expensive than diesel buses, he said. The new buses conform to the latest environmental standards, which reduce particulate, the solid material in bus exhaust, and nitrogen oxides, Gigantino said. The new buses are 50 percent cleaner than the buses they replace, meaning the familiar cloud of smoke people are used to seeing behind a bus will disappear, Gigantino said. Photo: http://cmsimg.app.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=B3&Date=20080221&Category=NEWS03&ArtNo=802210539&Ref=AR&Profile=1007&MaxW=550&MaxH=650&title=0 I won't give final judgment until I see the bus in person and ride it..... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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