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DesignLine USA Announces a Contract with MTA New York City Transit

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December 16, 2008

DesignLine USA Announces a Contract with MTA New York City Transit

 

 

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Charlotte, NC (16 December 2008) – DesignLine USA, LLC is pleased to announce the beginning of a test and evaluation contract with MTA New York City Transit (“NYCT”). NYCT has executed a contract worth $50.4 million to begin what is hoped to be a long-term relationship. This contract will allow the initial delivery of 30 new DesignLine EcoSaver IV Hybrid Electric heavy duty transit buses to the agency with an option of an additional 60 buses. NYCT is expecting to deploy these new buses on multiple routes.

The unique propriety hybrid propulsion system used in DesignLine’s EcoSaver IV bus sets itself above all of the current competition in the worldwide heavy duty vehicle marketplace. This system is quieter than other hybrid propulsion systems in operation and lowers harmful emissions. NYCT is just one of a growing list of premier customers interested in the benefits of our hybrid propulsion system. Other premier North American bus customers that have negotiated contracts or placed orders for the DesignLine EcoSaver IV include private companies and public companies such as Charlotte Area Transit. Additionally, numerous press conferences have been held across the country over the past year as part of local in-service demos and public accolades have been heaped upon the performance of the EcoSaver IV from the Senior Management of numerous other respected North American customers including the Chicago Transit Authority, the City of Baltimore and the City of Orlando.

DesignLine Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing James Gaspard states that “DesignLine’s key to its efficiency is its proprietary vehicle management software that controls the Capstone turbine engine and all other systems on the vehicle. The EcoSaver IV can be configured to run on gaseous fuels like propane, natural gas and even hydrogen, as well as alternative liquid fuels such as kerosene and alcohol. Another distinctive quality of the EcoSaver IV is its ability to operate in full electric mode with the APU turned off (thus emitting “zero” emissions). In tomorrow’s uncertain energy world, the ability of the EcoSaver IV to utilize alternative fuels, without changing out the type of APU, gives a customer a certain level of future fuel flexibility over the long expected life of our vehicle.” DesignLine’s software is responsible for supervising, operating and managing all the equipment on the bus. This data is gathered and recorded into a “Data Logger” and is displayed for the driver to use and for maintenance personnel to track the vehicle’s performance. The Data Logger can also broadcast information via GPS technology to DesignLine and to the owner of the bus to be viewed in real time.

DesignLine USA is a subsidiary of DesignLine International Holdings, LLC; a Charlotte based company. The DesignLine family of companies prides itself on having a world-wide reputation for quality and service. This reputation, coupled with their recognized alternative propulsion systems, has allowed DesignLine to successfully penetrate markets world-wide from the US to Australia to the UK to Japan.

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The new buses are supposed to arrive this winter @ MJQ, I hope they run these buses on the M9 or ima be mad :mad::mad:

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The new buses are supposed to arrive this winter @ MJQ, I hope they run these buses on the M9 or ima be mad :mad::mad:

 

If the (MTA) picks up the option, I wonder where they'll run.

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So what bus routes/buses are these expected to replace? Older RTS or the MCI's? Looks like a really nice design, and has a very promising aspect that it brings to the mass transit community. I hope this works out.

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Please MTA, please......keep Mothra off the streets of NYC. That things is just as ugly as when they tested it before. Looks like a giant Moth without wings.....

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Please MTA, please......keep Mothra off the streets of NYC. That things is just as ugly as when they tested it before. Looks like a giant Moth without wings.....

The buses will not look like that, they will be a totally different design.

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The buses will not look like that, they will be a totally different design.

 

Show me the new design. It bet not be uglier.........

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Show me the new design. It bet not be uglier.........
It might look like one of those CitiBuses they have in Europe built by Designlines with Wrightbus body design.

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Please MTA, please......keep Mothra off the streets of NYC. That things is just as ugly as when they tested it before. Looks like a giant Moth without wings.....

 

(MTA) like ugly buses look @ the Orion VII OG's!

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The new buses are supposed to arrive this winter @ MJQ, I hope they run these buses on the M9 or ima be mad :mad::mad:

 

Yeah me too! I would really prefer if they are based at MJQ, when they arrive.

Not just M9, they should also run them along M22.

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It might look like one of those CitiBuses they have in Europe built by Designlines with Wrightbus body design.

 

It's still hideous. I stick by my unlike of the hideous bus. Sorry if I hurt the buses ugly feelings though.........

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LOL, the bus has a spoiler on the roof. It looks like an DE40LFR really nice.

 

When I first saw the pic of it,I was wondering why this bus need to have spoiler...lol

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When I first saw the pic of it,I was wondering why this bus need to have spoiler...lol

 

For that intense inter-city high speed turning ability.

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That is indeed an OSB(One Sexy Bus), I just hope they are 40 f00ters, and I hope they keep the black trimming around the windows. The (MTA) needs more color in their fleet.

 

I agree. The classic (MTA) color scheme looks old.

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Yeah me too! I would really prefer if they are based at MJQ, when they arrive.

Not just M9, they should also run them along M22.

 

Agreed ;)

 

Just wait at east broadway for either of the two to come by B)

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Wow, just wow!!! So many who think this, this......thing looks good, thinks the NovaBus LFS artic is ugly........

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Wow, just wow!!! So many who think this, this......thing looks good, thinks the NovaBus LFS artic is ugly........

 

They both look great, I guess, but the Designline one looks kinda better.

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The worst part of this is the phasing out of so-called 'uneconomical or outdated technologies', and puchasing eco-;) buses. I don't like this quest (NYCT), (MTA) and others are on to 'improve' their fleets. But, well, hey, the (MTA) doesn't operate to please people like me.

 

No more hearing buses loud enough to impress you at over 700 feet way! (Well, the long discontinued S50 does that best) I'd rather hear a bus' engine than the people aboard chattering:mad: - but that will be the future in (NYCT) and globally, I guess.

 

Now, what will I like about buses anymore, I sometimes wonder, when designs are becoming goofier and propulsion gets nearly silent?:cry:

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