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Foothill Transit has committed to purchasing an electric version of the
Alexander Dennis Inc. (ADI) double-deck bus, the Enviro500EV. It will
debut in the Foothill Transit’s Southern California fl eet in 2019. Th e purchase
of the two electric double-deck buses from ADI is made possible by
a Metro Express Lanes Toll Revenue Capital Grant awarded to Foothill
Transit in 2018 for $1.4 million. Foothill Transit will replace two 12-year
old compressed natural gas (CNG) commuter express buses with the two
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NCTD Board Approves Purchase
of New Locomotives
▶ The North County Transit District Board
of Directors approved the purchase
of fi ve new Siemens locomotives. The
fi ve locomotives being replaced were
originally built between 1975-1992 and
were purchased as used by NCTD. These
fi ve locomotives have reached the end of
their useful life.
SEPTA Celebrates Arrival of New
ACS-64 Electric Locomotives
with ‘Inaugural Run’
▶ The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation
Authority introduced Siemens
ACS-64 electric locomotives. The new
locomotives will allow SEPTA to expand its
fl eet while replacing eight aging locomotives,
including the last remaining AEM-7
locomotives still running in the country.
CCW Completes Electric
Retrofit Project for WSU
▶ Complete Coach Works announced the
completion of an electric retrofi t project
awarded by Weber State University. The
project converts WSU’s diesel fuel bus into
an all-electric Zero-Emission Propulsion
System (ZEPS) bus. The ZEPS bus will
improve vehicle reliability and signifi cantly
reduce fuel costs.
THE NEW locomotives will allow NCTD
to improve operational efficiency
while contributing to local and state
sustainability and air quality goals.
THIS BUS acquisition is part of Foothill Transit’s commitment to go all electric
New 35-Foot CAT Buses
Hit the Streets
▶ Offi cials with the Chatham Area Transit
Authority placed 16 new Gillig 35-
foot buses into service. The new buses
will replace many of the older buses in
the fl eet, some with odometer readings
of nearly 706,000 miles.
Funding for the new vehicles is the
result of a successful grant application
to the State of Georgia’s GO! Transit
program, administered by the State
Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).
Approximately 80 percent of the $10.7
million purchase was SRTA funding and
the remaining 20 percent was from the
Chatham County Special Local Option
Sales Tax (SPLOST).
FEATURING WIDER aisles, ample seating
for more than 30 people, standing
room for up to 30 more, and a
superior air conditioning system, the
new buses will enhance the transit
experience for customers and provide
a smoother ride.
SEPTA IS purchasing a total of 15 ACS-
64 electric locomotives from Siemens.