City of Winston-Salem Gets Five ADA-Compliant Buses
Hybrid electric low-floor shuttle buses with Arboc Specialty Vehicles bodies are the first of their kind, says driveline supplier XL Hybrids, which reports that the city of Winston-Salem, N.C. has taken five for ADA-compliant paratransit work.
The GM cutaway buses with the XL3 “are uniquely designed to meet Arboc’s stringent specifications to optimize accessibility for paratransit and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” XL says.
“In addition, the XL3 technology supports fleets’ sustainability efforts by lowering carbon dioxide emissions as much as 20%.”
No Passenger Space Taken
“We configured our fleet hybrid electrification solution for low-floor shuttle buses that are not only ADA-compliant, but also propel green initiatives for commercial and municipal fleets,” XL Hybrids co-founder and COO Clay Siegert says in today’s Arboc release.
The XL3 hybrid system adds less than 400 pounds to the vehicles and does not use any cabin space, XL says – “critical for paratransit and ADA-compliant vehicles to accommodate wheelchairs, power scooters and other special equipment to support passengers’ mobility.”
‘Everyone Uses the Same Door Opening’
“Accessibility for people in wheelchairs used to mean they had to be put on a lift and pushed inside buses,” said Arboc Specialty Vehicles president and CEO Don Roberts.
“Our low-floor buses are built on a conventional GM cutaway and include a ramp that is fully compliant with ADA criteria. Everyone uses the same door opening so that entering and exiting is safe, efficient and allows the same dignity for all passengers.”
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