In Phoenix, Arizona, the city has joined with Valley Metro to procure 187 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses over five years, with an option to purchase up to another 109 heavy duty buses. The order comprises an undisclosed mix of 30-foot CNG, 40-foot CNG and diesel and 60-foot CNG.
The purchase is part of a joint regional procurement with the city of Phoenix, which allows a five-year regional acquisition. 120 CNG buses were purchased by the city in 2013 and another 120 in 2016. Approximately 70% (596) of Valley Metro buses currently use (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel.
“Replacing older fleet is key to keeping our service efficient and more comfortable for our riders,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “With new technology and aerodynamic styling, we believe we can attract a new generation of riders to public transit.”
At their June meeting, the Valley Metro Board of Directors gave the approval to execute contracts with El Dorado National Inc. and New Flyer of America Inc. for the manufacture and delivery of fleet. Total cost of the purchase is $169.7 million. All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and Proposition 400 funds. Proposition 400 is a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.
(Source: Valley Metro)