Metro has developed a bus priority corridor network plan that will involve enhancement of service on specific corridors as well as possible extension of service lines, to help reduce demand on segments of the rail system that are approaching capacity constraints. Additional buses will be needed to provide these service enhancements.
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Bus Fleet Expansion ($255.4 Million)
Bus fleet expansion is needed for a number of reasons. Metro has developed a bus priority corridor network plan that will involve enhancement of service on specific corridors as well as possible extension of service lines, to help
reduce demand on segments of the rail system that are approaching capacity constraints. Additional buses will be needed to provide these service enhance- ments. Regardless of service enhancements or additional market penetration, bus ridership is expected to grow 10-15% between 2010 and 2020. Consequently, additional buses will be required to meet these needs and deliver a similar qual- ity of service experienced on existing routes. Metro also needs to make up for the seating capacity lost due to conversion to low-floor buses (approximately seven seats are lost per bus conversion). Finally, Metro also has deferred some of its previous expansion bus needs, so additional buses are needed to catch up
with planned fleet expansion.
Metro plans to expand its current fleet by purchasing approximately 30 additional buses each year, for a total of 325 expansion buses by the year 2020. The total cost of these vehicles is $255.5 million.
Bus Fleet Expansion includes the following CNI project:
CNI Project CNI 003: Bus Capacity Enhancements: Fleet Expansion Total
Total (YOE, $ Millions) $255.4 $255.4
Bus Enhancements ($115.7 Million)
Metro uses Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) equipment to track the location of its bus fleet and enables the bus operations control center to monitor each bus’s adherence to its schedule and to locate it in an emergency. AVL equipment is also necessary to run the NextBus application, which provides customers with real time predictions of bus arrival times. This equipment has a life cycle of between seven to ten years. AVL and communication equipment will cost $60.4 million over the next ten years.
To further enhance the safety of Metro’s bus service, Metro also plans to install
cameras fleet-wide. Newly purchased buses already have camera systems in- s t a l l e d . T h e s e c a m e r a s y s t e m s c a n p r o t e c t c u s t o m e r s b y d e t e r r i n g c r i m e , r e d u c i n g
vandalism and graffiti, reducing the frequency and detrimental impact of fraudu- lent injury claims, helping to effectively prosecute perpetrators when crimes are
committed, and assisting with customer concerns or complaints. Metro plans to
install camera systems on approximately 100 buses each year (approximately