Community Transit to add 17 Alexander Dennis 'Double Tall' buses

Everett, Wash.’s Community Transit will purchase 17 double-decker buses to augment the agency’s current fleet of 45 “Double Talls” for commuter service to Seattle.

In June, the board authorized contracts for 26, 40-foot and 14, 60-foot buses to replace and expand the fleet as Community Transit embarks on a voter-approved expansion of service. With an upcoming order for 15 Swift bus rapid transit vehicles, the agency is looking to buy as many as 232 new buses in the next five years.

Community Transit to add 17 Alexander Dennis 'Double Tall' buses

Community Transit plans to purchase an initial order of 17 Double Talls from manufacturer Alexander Dennis Inc., the builder of the Enviro 500 double-decker buses the agency current has in service. Four of the new buses will replace aging 60-foot buses that serve the Seattle commuter market; the other 13 double deckers will be expansion buses to accommodate new service.

Community Transit has operated double-decker buses since 2007 when it leased a bus and put it into service to test the feasibility of operating double deckers. Not only did passengers love the bus, but drivers found it handled better in inclement weather. With nearly 80 seats, and standing room for up to 30 more people, the double decker proved more efficient than the 60-foot buses it would replace.

Community Transit put 23 Double Talls into operation in 2011 and another 22 buses last year. The initial order of 17 buses will give the agency a total of 62 Double Talls when they arrive in mid-to-late 2017.

In June the board authorized two contracts for 40 standard diesel buses: 26 40-foot buses from Gillig LLC and 14 60-foot buses from New Flyer of America. The 60-foot buses will replace older buses while the 40-foot buses will................     READ MORE >

  What to Look for When Choosing a Vehicle Wash System

What to Look for When Choosing a Vehicle Wash System

From Metro:

Keeping vehicles clean and presentable is an important part of a transit agency’s image. There are many vehicle wash systems on the market with a variety of different features or methods, making it difficult to determine which is best.

METRO spoke to a few vehicle wash companies about what to look for when choosing the best system for your transit agency.

Brushes vs. High pressure
When it comes to getting a bus clean, all of the companies agree that brushes are more effective than using only high-pressure water. Jack Jackson, president of Awash Systems, says that a popular misconception about vehicle wash systems is that brushes can damage and scratch vehicles.

“The dirt that collects on the brushes actually does the scratching, no brush would actually scratch unless it gets embedded with dirt,” he says. “If you use proper amount of soap and proper cleaning methods, your brushes will always stay clean and you never have to worry about scratches. If you use a touchless car wash, you always get that film left over.”

However, most brushes aren’t equipped to deal with bike racks and other attachments that block the brushes. NS Wash has been manufacturing vehicle wash systems since 1961. The company’s newest model is designed specially to deal with bike racks by using a combination of brushes and high-pressure water.

“The bike rack on the front always created a problem to be washed because the brushes cannot really get in there,” Marketing Manager Ivan Salazar says. “We just introduced a new system that tracks the front of the vehicle. The system sprays the front of the bus with............  READ MORE >


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