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LA Metro Keeps Moving on CNG

September 10, 2012 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

150 More NABI CompoBuses Coming Soon, 550 40-Footers to Follow

LA Metro is getting ready to accept delivery of an additional 150 CompoBuses from North American Bus Industries – 45-footers with the mass of a 40-foot vehicle, making for substantial productivity gain with no special driveline technology.

One of LA Metro’s 550 CNG-fueled CompoBuses by North American Bus Industries rests up for another run in Playa Del Rey, Calif.

Like all of LA Metro’s buses, they are CNG-fueled.

“We get 16% more passenger capacity with these longer buses,” says LA Metro vehicle technology and acquisition manager John Drayton.

“I don’t know of many other recent technology developments that can offer comparable improvements in regards to reducing operating costs,” he told F&F.

Drayton also serves as executive VP of the LA Metro-coodinated Advanced Transit Vehicle Consortium.

‘Buying Buses Heavily’

Like many of LA Metro’s buses, the NABI CompoBuses have Type IV compressed natural gas fuel tanks from Lincoln Composites, in assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems. The buses have 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport.

LA Metro already operates approximately 500 CompoBuses, and with the new ones will have about 650.

LA Metro is getting closer to announcing its choice of supplier for 550 CNG-fueled 40-foot buses under a solicitation floated last year (F&F, March 28, 2011). Options could bring the total of new 40-foot vehicles to 900.

“We’re in the business of buying buses heavily right now,” Drayton says.

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