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  Alstom receives first order for Aptis electric buses

From Metro:

Alstom received its very first order for its 100%-electric bus, Aptis, from France’s Strasbourg transport company CTS (Communauté des Transports Strasbourgeois). The contract is for 12 Aptis buses, each approximately 40-feet long and equipped with three doors. The Aptis buses will be the first electric buses to reinforce CTS’s vehicle fleet.

Aptis offers an unrivalled passenger experience, according to Alstom. Its berthing system for perfect alignment with the pavement, its fully low and completely flat floor and wide double doors permit easy circulation and convenient boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams. Equipped with large bay windows along its entire length, Aptis offers 25% more windowed surfaces than a standard bus, and a rear seating area with panoramic views of the city.


Aptis offers an unrivalled passenger experience, according to Alstom. Its berthing system for perfect alignment with the pavement, its fully low and completely flat floor and wide double doors permit easy circulation and convenient boarding for people with reduced mobility and prams. Equipped with large bay windows along its entire length, Aptis offers 25% more windowed surfaces than a standard bus, and a rear seating area with panoramic views of the city.

The vehicles requested by Strasbourg are designed for slow charging, at night in the depot. Aptis is also available for charging at the end of each line whenever necessary, using solutions of ground-based charging (SRS) or charging through the top (inversed pantograph).

Since the prototype was presented in March 2017, more than 24,000 miles have been covered in real operating conditions by four test vehicles en France and in Europe. The trials have made it possible to test the characteristics of Aptis, inspired by the tram, in a new context, its insertion performances, its capacity for autonomy, and its driving assistance system. Aptis won the Innovation award at the Busworld trade show in 2017. It also received the official certificate Origine France Garantie in January 2019; this certificate guarantees that more than 60% of Aptis' added value is French..........   READ MORE >

    Ohio House passes bill that includes $200M public transit funding boost

Under amended Substitute House Bill 62, which passed the Ohio House of Representative by a vote of 71 to 27, state funding for Ohio's 61 urban and rural transit systems will rise to $100 million in each of the next two years.

From Metro:

Under amended Substitute House Bill 62, which passed the Ohio House of Representative by a vote of 71 to 27, state funding for Ohio's 61 urban and rural transit systems will rise to $100 million in each of the next two years.

The $200 million allocated in the budget bill represents Ohio's largest-ever investment in public transportation and reverses a years-long trend that saw the state slip to 38th nationally in support for transit systems.

"Today's vote was a huge win for SARTA and Ohio's other transit agencies, and an even bigger, more important victory for the thousands of people here in Stark County and around the state who depend on public transportation to get them where they want and need to go each and every day," said Kirt Conrad, CEO of the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA).

Conrad added that he is unsure how much additional funding SARTA and the other agencies will ultimately receive and that the passage of the House version of the transportation budget is the first stop in what may be a difficult journey to secure the additional funding as the bill now moves to the Senate.

"I hope the overwhelming, bi-partisan vote in the House will send a signal that the time has come for the state to address its infrastructure needs and adequately fund public transportation," he said.

Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President/CEO Joanna Pinkerton, who is also chair of the DriveOhio Government Advisory Board, also urged the Ohio Senate to maintain support for public transit in the final transportation budget sent.........    READ MORE >

  EPA Extends Deadline for Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

From School Bus Fleet:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The deadline to submit proposals for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program funds has been extended from March 6 to March 26.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had announced in December that about $40 million is available for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions, particularly in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority will be granted to projects that benefit communities and applicants that demonstrate an ability to continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. The agency anticipates making between 40 and 80 awards from this round of funding.

School buses are included in the vehicle types that are eligible for the funding and school districts are among the eligible entities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The deadline to submit proposals for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) program funds has been extended from March 6 to March 26.

Funds can be used for clean diesel projects such as EPA- or CARB-verified technologies or certified engines; EPA-verified idle-reduction technologies, aerodynamic technologies, and low-rolling resistance tires; and early engine, vehicle, or equipment replacements with certified engine configurations.......   READ MORE >




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