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Interesting new RTS lookalike/Nova prototype

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Looks like a pair of RTS had a kid lol anyways all jokes and stuff aside.

Will this go into production? What Company will own it? I wonder.

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Did you (pelhamlocal)take this photo?

 

This vehicle is actually produced by a company know as Brevi Bus, whose goal was to produce a "Advance Rural Low Floor Vehicle. Below is a link to their site.

http://brevibus.wix.com/brevi-research-project

 

Below is a quote from a news article from 2010 when this project was in the prelimenary stages. Link to the souce is also provided.

A new bus engineered and built in Putnam County, Fla., was unveiled last week. U.S. Congressman John Mica (R-FL) joined residents, local leaders and state representatives for the first public presentation and roll out of the new transit vehicle designed to service rural communities and special-needs passengers. 

Rep. Mica told the Palatka Daily News that although he has been critical of the stimulus and deficit spending, this project does not fall into either of those categories. Money for the project, amounting to $3 million, came from federal gas taxes. To read additional reporting on the new vehicle, click here.

In 2003, Putnam County sought to update their vehicle fleet, which contained 10 aging buses. Their last new bus purchase occurred in 1989 and some vehicles had more than 500,000 miles of use. 

In 2005, Rep. Mica was successful in securing first-ever federal support for new Putnam Ride Solution buses. However, after an extensive search, Putnam County failed to locate a vehicle that met its needs. More than 50 percent of the county roads were unpaved, so a large bus or traditional passenger vehicle would not meet local requirements.

The county made the decision at that time to pursue development of a locally engineered vehicle. A special congressional waiver was needed and finally obtained in 2008 to allow for the research and development of this new vehicle. With local support, the low-floor Brevi Bus was designed to be shorter, more maneuverable, more rugged and more accessible to those with disabilities. 

"The resulting Brevi Bus is a great success and a testament to the ingenuity and vision of our residents," Congressman Mica said.  "Like Putnam County, many rural areas have many unpaved roads which still need access to public transportation, and these new Brevi Buses will fill this unique local and national need. Maybe most exciting is that there are plans to manufacture these buses in Putnam County."

To read morea bout the Brevi Bus project, click here.

 

http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2010/10/florida-county-builds-rural-transit-bus-with-stimulus-funds.aspx

 

There is even some video on YouTube showcasing the interior and what this bus can accomplish.

 

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Is that a form of the Millennium RTS? Looks pretty good...

Nope.

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If im not mistaken, that may be the Nova/MTS RTS Evolution design. It's definitely the same window supplier, but I think only a few of these were made. Don't quote me, but I will find out to be sure. It's not new though.

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Just noticed this thing. Definitely looks to be useful for what it proposes to be. That suspension definitely looks up to the job, though I wonder how it'll handle with twenty 250-pound people on it.

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IT LOOK LIKE A RTS BUS

Umm... No Shit...

It doesn't really look at one, Just the front curve is the same. It looks like another one of those carrier vans lol

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Lol, I thought this was forgotten, never to be brought up again.

 

Now that I looked at the bus again, how tall is this thing. Seems no taller than 8 feet.

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If im not mistaken, that may be the Nova/MTS RTS Evolution design. It's definitely the same window supplier, but I think only a few of these were made. Don't quote me, but I will find out to be sure. It's not new though.

 

A video says this bus is a "Brevi Bus." (and a transit agency in Florida uses these only)

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A video says this bus is a "Brevi Bus." (and a transit agency in Florida uses these only)

With that said, it is possible there could have been a cooperation or other relation between the two entitiies.

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