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January 7, 2014 > VTA Board approves purchase of 38 new buses

VTA Board approves purchase of 38 new buses

Submitted By Colleen Valles

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors approved the purchase of 38 hybrid diesel-electric Community Buses that will replace the aging Community Buses currently in service.

VTA uses smaller Community Buses to serve primarily lower-density communities where the ridership does not require the larger, standard bus.

The new hybrid diesel-electric Community Buses, manufactured by Gillig LLC of Hayward, are an energy-saving alternative to regular diesel- and gasoline-powered buses, and they are expected to have 25 percent better fuel economy than VTAÕs current gasoline-powered Community Buses. These low-floor buses will make boarding easier for seniors and others who may have difficulty climbing stairs and are expected to be more reliable as well Ð an important factor for our customers.

ÒThese new Community Buses will help VTA better serve the riding public,Ó said Mike Hursh, VTAÕs Chief Operating Officer. ÒBecause of their improved efficiency and reliability, we can do even more to get our customers to their destinations on time while doing our part for the environment.Ó

VTA expects the new buses to be delivered late next year. For more information, contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300; TTY (408) 321-2330.You can also log onto www.vta.org and sign-up to receive VTA email updates.

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