The CTA today welcomed the arrival of the first of 58 articulated hybrid buses, paid for with $49 million in federal stimulus funding.
The CTA last year agreed to lease 150 articulated hybrid buses from New Flyer for $13.4 million per year. The CTA said in a press release: "Once all 208 articulated hybrid buses are in service, the CTA estimates that the
hybrid technology will help to save the agency over $7 million annually in
parts, labor and fuel."
Other features, according to the release:
"Characteristics of the bus include a plug-in feature that allows the batteries
on the bus to remain charged when the bus is not in use. Power is drawn from the
batteries to operate the auxiliary heater and circulate warm coolant through the
engine block during overnight storage in cold weather. This eliminates the need
to idle buses for startup.
"The bus has a smaller engine than traditional
articulated buses and is of the same design as the low-emission engines in CTA's
New Flyer 40-foot buses.
"LED passenger lighting on the buses makes them
even more environmentally friendly. The lights are long lasting and require less
maintenance as there are no bulbs to change.
"The articulated hybrid buses
have 10 security cameras: seven interior, an interior front facing camera and
two curb-side rear facing cameras that look down the side of the
bus - one
above the front doors and the other near the rear doors."
Chicago Tribune photo by Alex Garcia