SamTrans to Purchase 55 Clean Diesel Articulated Buses

SamTrans to Purchase 55 Clean Diesel Articulated Buses

 

The SamTrans Board of Directors approved the purchase of (55) heavy-duty clean-diesel buses at its February Board Meeting this week. The purchase of $48.9 million buses, which is primarily funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), allows for the replacement of (55) 2002 model articulated buses that have exceeded their useful life under FTA regulations.

The new vehicles will be 60-foot, low-floor articulated buses, manufactured by New Flyer of America, Inc. They are more environmentally friendly than the older models in the fleet, producing 87 percent less nitrogen oxides and at least a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Battery-powered buses were considered, but it was determined that current technology did not fully meet the duty-cycle of performing the ECR route that these buses are intended for. The new buses also will offer riders Wi-Fi capability and USB charging stations on board.

Staff informed the Board that this is intended to be the last diesel bus purchase that SamTrans will make because the Transit District would eventually like to convert its current fleet to electric buses in the future. The District plans to submit an order for 10 40-foot battery-electric buses later this year.

“These buses will ensure our riders can travel comfortably and efficiently along El Camino Real” said Board Chair Charles Stone. “Now we must prepare our infrastructure for the next generation of zero emission vehicles so we can continue to move SamTrans in a greener direction.”

The buses are expected to be ready to begin service in late summer of 2019.

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About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 71 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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