Gillig 40-Footers Are to Replace Aging LNG Vehicles
Arizona’s Phoenix Public Transit Department has ordered 120 compressed natural gas fueled buses to serve the city’s local routes, and notes that it’s the agency’s first order for new 40-foot buses since late 2013.
The CNG buses, built by Gillig, are replacing liquefied natural gas-fueled vehicles. They “have a fuel range of at least 400 miles,” states a release, meaning that most will not require daily fueling. The existing LNG average 12 years and 500,000 miles of service, with some as old as 18 years with nearly 1 million miles.
Five to eight of the new Gillig CNG buses are to arrive each week through July.
Keeping the Customers Cool
The new Gillig buses are replacing about 25% city’s bus fleet. The agency notes that each of the $520,000 vehicles is equipped with an enhanced air conditioning system that includes two units that work in tandem to cool both the front and back of the bus simultaneously.
The Phoenix Public Transit Department notes too that it’s the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system.
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Source: City of Phoenix with Fleets & Fuels follow-up