What s Next?
This interim evaluation report represents eight out of 12 months of evaluation planned for the CNG and hybrid buses (from the order of 125). The final results of these two study groups will be complete with data through September 2005 and should be reported in early calendar year 2006.
NYCT has also taken delivery of nearly all of an order of 200 more hybrid buses from Orion and BAE Systems. As of September 2005, 182 of the 200 buses had been delivered to NYCT for service. The 200 new hybrid buses are being split between Fresh Pond Depot in Brooklyn (138) and Manhattanville Depot in Manhattan (62). These buses will be evaluated with a selection of hybrid and diesel baseline buses at Manhattanville Depot. The interim report from this evaluation should also be available in 2006.
NYCT has recently placed another large order of diesel hybrid buses from Orion and BAE Systems including 500 hybrid buses with the option to purchase up to a total of 889 buses. NYCT is expecting to take delivery of 216 of these hybrid buses and 284 hybrid buses are for their sister agency, MTA Buses. NYCT intends to add hybrid bus operations to the East New York and Casey Stengel depots as well as converting the entire Manhattanville Depot to only diesel hybrid bus operation.
The purchase price of these hybrid buses was a little less than $500,000 each, which is reportedly about $150,000 more than a new standard clean diesel bus.