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Portland OR TriMet gets 55 Gilligs

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As riders can attest, many of our buses are overdue for replacement. In fact, about 150 buses in our fleet are more than 18 years old. We've delayed buying new buses over the last few years due to the recessions, but we can't wait any more. Not only are these aging buses uncomfortable for riders and operators, they are becoming too unreliable and expensive for us to maintain.

That's why we're replacing 55 of our oldest buses in 2012, 54 more in 2013 and about 40 more each year after that. By 2017, we will have replaced all of the remaining high-floor buses in the fleet (those with steps at the door).

The new "3000-series" buses are currently being built at the Gillig factory in Hayward, California, and they'll be out on the street this September.

Four of the buses arriving this summer will be hybrid-electric vehicles, which we'll be testing for performance, maintenance needs and fuel efficiency. We're also developing four experimental "super hybrid" buses with technology similar to the Chevy Volt, which are expected to be delivered in 2015




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