06/25/2019

 


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  NJ TRANSIT adding 183 more MCI Commuter Coaches


 From Metro:

NJ TRANSIT issued a purchase order for year four of its six-year contract to manufacture and deliver 183 Commuter Coaches to Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

MCI will begin production of year four coaches starting in September of 2019. The MCI Commuter Coaches will be powered by a Cummins X12 clean-diesel engine, which generates less noise, fewer parts, greater fuel economy, and reduced exhaust emissions that comply with the latest Clear Air Act amendments. The coach features a 57-seat configuration, is Wi-Fi ready, seatbelt-equipped, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

MCI has served NJ TRANSIT since 1983, delivering 2,944 high-floor commuter coaches over the past three decades. In 2015, MCI was awarded a new six-year contract for a total potential order of 1,222 fully-accessible, ADA-compliant coaches.


MCI will begin production of year four coaches starting in September of 2019. The MCI Commuter Coaches will be powered by a Cummins X12 clean-diesel engine, which generates less noise, fewer parts, greater fuel economy, and reduced exhaust emissions that comply with the latest Clear Air Act amendments. The coach features a 57-seat configuration, is Wi-Fi ready, seatbelt-equipped, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

These commuter coaches, of which 550 have been delivered to date. MCI also provides field service for the coaches from its service center located in Blackwood, N.J., and spare parts support from the NFI Parts distribution center in East Brunswick, N.J.

NJ TRANSIT is the third largest provider of bus, rail, and light rail transit in the U.S., linking major points in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. The agency operates a fleet of more than 2,200 buses covering some 255 routes. With its full complement of buses, trains and light rail vehicles, NJ TRANSIT completes over 277 million passenger trips each year.............   READ MORE >

  Support for raising Federal gas tax continues to rise, finds Mineta report


Five of the same gas tax options have been tested each year to assess trends. Study co-author Dr. Hilary Nixon noted that in every case support has risen since 2010, with an increase for each of 13 percentage points or more.

 
From Metro:

The Mineta Transportation Institute released its 10th annual survey exploring public support for raising federal transportation revenues through gas taxes of mileage fees: "What Do Americans Think about Federal Tax Options to Support Transportation? Results from Year Ten of a National Survey."

"Support for raising the gas tax is largely dependent on how the revenue will be spent," says Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal, one of the study's authors and director of MTI's National Transportation Finance Center. "Seventy-five percent of respondents supported a 10¢ increase in the gas tax if the revenue raised is dedicated to maintenance projects, but only 40% support the same increase if the money is used more generally to maintain and improve the transportation system." (See Figure.)

Five of the same gas tax options have been tested each year to assess trends. Study co-author Dr. Hilary Nixon noted that in every case support has risen since 2010, with an increase for each of 13 percentage points or more.

Other key 2019 findings include:

* Large majorities value transportation improvements across transportation modes, including spending gas tax revenue for road and public transit-related projects.

* People do not have an accurate understanding of how much they pay in federal gas taxes. For example, 19% of respondents thought the federal gas tax rate is at least 76¢ per gallon, far higher than the current rate of 18.4¢ per gallon.

* People would prefer to pay a mileage fee each time they buy fuel or charge an electric vehicle, rather than being billed monthly or annually.

* People hold nuanced views on mileage fees with respect to equity and privacy

* Linking transportation taxes to environmental objectives can increase support.

"We face growing needs across our transportation system, but funding hasn't kept pace," says Dr. Agrawal. "To solve this dilemma, we must either lower our goals for system maintenance and improvements, or raise new revenues."..............   READ MORE >

  Washington District Unveils State‚Äôs First Electric School Bus

   From School Bus Fleet:

TACOMA, Wash. - Franklin Pierce Schools received the district's and the state's first electric school bus on Monday.

School district officials, along with Gov. Jay Inslee, students, parents, and several other state and local officials in the community, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the delivery of the new electric bus, according to a news release from the governor's office.

"In Washington, we're electrifying planes, trains, ferries, and automobiles," Inslee said."And today, we're showing we can electrify buses, too. It's exciting to celebrate the first electric school bus in Washington state because this effort is ultimately all about our kids and their future."

The all-electric Blue Bird bus is part of Franklin Pierce Schools' effort to replace its fleet of diesel school buses, according to a news release from the district.


School district officials, along with Gov. Jay Inslee, students, parents, and several other state and local officials in the community, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the delivery of the new electric bus, according to a news release from the governor's office.

In October 2018, Franklin Pierce Schools was awarded two grants, one totaling $330,155 to purchase the electric bus and another in the amount of $65,858 to install a 20-kilowatt (kW) solar electricity generation system at Keithley Middle School, from the TransAlta's Centralia Coal Transition Grants Energy Technology Board with guidance from ATS Automatic Building Solutions, according to the district.

Franklin Pierce Schools said the new electric bus can travel up to 120 miles, and features an educational energy dashboard. The district also said that it will be working with Tacoma Public Utilities to charge the bus, optimize routes, and conduct planning for its electric school bus pilot program.

As SBF previously reported, earlier this month, West Fargo Public Schools also unveiled the district's and North Dakota's first electric-powered school bus. The district received funding from several state and local agencies for the purchase of one electric Blue Bird bus in addition to a charging station.

Bradley Redmond, the transportation director for West Fargo Public Schools, said that the district estimates that it will save approximately 70% in energy costs and 70% to 80% in maintenance costs with the new bus.................READ MORE >


 

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