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Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Award of New Bus Fleet Approved

PHOENIX – Over the next few years, new bus fleet will be arriving into metro Phoenix to serve Valley Metro’s regional bus routes. A five-year base quantity of 187 buses will include 30-foot Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), 40-foot CNG and diesel and 60-foot CNG. There is an option to purchase up to another 109 heavy duty buses. The purchase is part of a joint regional procurement with the city of Phoenix, which allows a five-year regional acquisition.

“Replacing older fleet is key to keeping our service efficient and more comfortable for our riders,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “With new technology and aerodynamic styling, we believe we can attract a new generation of riders to public transit.”

Passenger comfort features include an upgraded air conditioning system and a new type of transmission for smoother shifting. An enhanced electronic fan system will provide improved engine performance, especially on summer’s hottest days. To support security efforts, high definition cameras will be on board each new bus. 

At their June meeting, the Valley Metro Board of Directors gave the approval to execute contracts with El Dorado National Inc. and New Flyer of America Inc. for the manufacture and delivery of fleet. Total cost of the purchase is $169.7 million. All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and Proposition 400 funds. Proposition 400 is a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity transit extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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