Connecticut Chooses Hybrid Buses for New Rapid Transit System

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. has announced that Connecticut has selected Allison Hybrid-equipped buses for the state's new bus-only expressway system, CTfastrak.

The new fleet of 48 hybrid diesel-electric buses will include 30-foot Gillig buses to provide neighborhood circulator service and 40-foot New Flyer buses to operate connector routes. The main line service will be operated with 60-foot articulated Nova buses.

“As a company, we're certainly proud to be part of Connecticut's new bus rapid transit program,” says Allison Transmission's Michael G. Headly.

“When these buses decelerate or stop, the Allison Hybrid EP system converts the vehicle's kinetic energy to stored electric energy,” explains Headly. “In effect, the motor becomes a generator. Forty percent of the energy to accelerate comes from the braking energy saved.”

Scheduled to begin operations in late March, CTfastrak will provide a one-seat, no-transfer ride to many major regional employers, shopping and healthcare destinations across central Connecticut.

“We've seen particular support among businesses, university communities, [and] health communities for this, and I expect we'll exceed our forecast for this project from a ridership point of view,” says Commissioner James Redeker of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Redeker believes the new bus service should double the current bus ridership to more than 16,000 daily riders within 15 years.

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