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Vehicles/Vehicle Parts

In June 2006, the Metro Board adopted an average bus age tar- get of 7½ years. This means that Metro strives to replace 1/15th of its bus fleet each year, or approxi- mately 100 buses a year. Metro plans to continue to invest in buses that utilize clean fuel technologies to reduce emissions.

30 Capital Needs Inventory

Replacement of Buses ($749.5 Million)

Metro’s fleet of approximately 1,500 buses, the 6th largest in the country, trans- ported 134 million riders in FY 2009. Buses range in size from 26 feet to 62 feet,

and are a mix of conventional and articulated buses (see table below for details). Of Metro’s fleet, 714 (48%) are hybrid electric or compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled buses. In June 2006, the Metro Board adopted an average bus age target of

7 ½ y e a r s . T h i s m e a n s t h a t M e t r o s t r i v e s t o r e p l a c e 1 / 1 5

th

o f i t s b u s fl e e t e a c h y e a r ,

or approximately 100 buses a year. Metro plans to continue to invest in buses that utilize clean fuel technologies to reduce emissions.

CNG-fueled buses decrease Metro’s diesel fuel usage by over 4.5 million gallons an- nually and reduce more than 90 percent of carbon monoxide and particulate matter emissions and approximately 50 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions. The advanced technology diesel buses enable Metro to reduce more than 67 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions and 50 percent of particulate matter emissions. The diesel/electric hybrid buses decrease Metro’s diesel fuel consumption by more than 50,000 gallons

annually and reduce more than 90 percent of carbon monoxide, particulate matter and hydrocarbon emissions, and more than 67 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Over the next ten years, Metro’s bus replacement needs are $749.5 million, or approximately $570,000 per bus. Metro also plans to replace 22 of its 62-foot ar- ticulated buses costing approximately $900,000 per bus. (Estimated average costs are in 2008 dollars and do not reflect inflation).

Total

Manufacturer

Size

Seating

Capacity

189

New Flyer CNG

40 feet

40

75

21

Neoplan Articulated

60 feet

66

100

0

Ikarus Articulated

60 feet

65

100

111

ADB Flxible Metro with lift

40 feet

45

78

460

Orion

40 feet

38-46

57-77

51

Orion

30 feet

30

46

215

Orion CNG

40 feet

41

77

35

Orion CNG

30 feet

29

56

117

New Flyer

40 feet

39

59

6

Chevrolet

26 feet

20

26

22

NABI Articulated CNG

60 feet

61

100

20

New Flyer Hybrid

37 feet

39

63

211

New Flyer Hybrid

40-42 feet

39

63

22

New Flyer Hybrid

62 feet

39

63

Metrobus Fleet Details*

1,480

Total

*As of August 1, 2009.

CNG – Fueled by compressed natural gas

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