Piggy Back on Valley Metro Order as Disclosed Last Year
Arizona’s Phoenix Public Transit has begun deployment of 120 compressed natural gas-fueled LFC (low-floor re-styled) buses from New Flyer. The first of the vehicles with 280-horsepower ISL G engines from Cummins Westport entered service in late October. updated January 15
The 40-foot vehicles are part of a $61 million project which also involves the replacement of LNG-fueled Valley Metro buses – and fueling facilities – with CNG equipment (F&F, February 11, 2013). The switch to CNG at the West Transit facility in Phoenix is complete, work continues at North Transit.
“The construction and design for both facilities is being done by NorthStar (Clean Energy) and Caliente Construction with design by Taylor Rymar Corporation,” says a Phoenix Public Transit spokeswoman.
Thirty-two buses have been deployed since November, and the remainder are expected to begin operation by May of this year, NGVAmerica advised members this week.
Federal Financial Support
The buses were purchased with a mix and federal and regional funding – 83% and 17%, respectively.
The next Phoenix procurement is expected to involve a combined RFP from Phoenix Public Transit and Valley Metro, says an industry source.
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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up