BUYING BUSES WORLDWIDE
* Canada - Toronto to buy 120 more hybrid buses
Toronto,ONT,CAN -The Toronto Sun, by BRYN WEESE -7th October 2008: -- The city's hybrid buses don't reduce emissions as expected, the batteries aren't lasting as long as expected, and whatever savings are realized in fuel consumption are overshadowed by the increased cost of hybrid technology, documents from the City of Toronto suggest... The city's executive committee authorized yesterday the TTC to buy 120 more of the Mississauga-made battery and diesel buses, 40 more than were budgeted for 2008... The additional buses, according to city staff, are needed to accommodate growing ridership... But the $750,000 buses cost $200,000 more than conventional diesel buses and were expected to reduce fuel consumption by 15% to 25%... Instead, according to Vincenzo Roti of the city's transportation services, it's more like 10%... In stop and go situations the buses save more fuel than at higher speeds... (Picture)
* Singapore - 400 more Scania buses ordered
Singapore -StarMotoring/Peter Tan -5 October 2008: -- SBS Transit, Singapore’s leading public transport company, has ordered another 400 Scania buses in addition to the 500 units ordered in 2007... All the buses will have bodywork produced by Gemilang Coachworks in Malaysia... SBS Transit of Singapore announced in 2006 that they are pushing ahead with the plan to make all new public buses low floor and step-free for the convenience of senior citizens and wheelchair users. For that year alone, 150 new non-step buses would be rolled out. Now the bus company is ordering another 400 non-step low floor buses that will be delivered beginning early next year...
* USA - FEMA Buys Biodiesel Buses for New Orleans
Washington,DC,USA -Domestic Fuel/Press Release from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, by John Davis -11 Oct 2008: -- New Orleans is getting some biodiesel buses… thanks to some money from the federal government... This press release from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the city the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) $44 million to replace… and to upgrade… 204 buses and 31 vans that were destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Katrina...
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