Texas’ Trinity Metro Orders Electric Buses for New Route

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The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (Trinity Metro) has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. a contract for four heavy-duty, 35-foot Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric buses.

Trinity Metro provides public transportation in Fort Worth, Texas, and other cities in Tarrant County, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The New Flyer buses support a new route called The Dash, a zero-emission service connecting downtown Fort Worth with its cultural district and using Trinity Metro’s first all-electric buses. New Flyer is further supporting the deployment by managing ABB charger installation and commissioning through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions.

“As a technology-forward community, Fort Worth is putting its sustainable vision in motion, and New Flyer is proud to serve as a true mobility partner, including zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE buses and charging infrastructure,” says Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer. “Since 1990, NFI has delivered nearly 130 buses to Fort Worth, including buses from New Flyer, MCI and ARBOC. Today, we’re proud to further serve Trinity Metro in reducing emissions and supporting exceptional growth in Fort Worth with safe, efficient and sustainable transportation.”

Trinity Metro’s first Xcelsior CHARGE was unveiled in Fort Worth during a May event, which previewed The Dash service. The Dash is in a testing phase and will begin operations on Sept. 22.

“We are thrilled to introduce these distinctive red buses to Fort Worth,” says Wayne Gensler, Trinity Metro’s vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit. “The Dash will connect these two unique areas of our community with state-of-the-art, zero-emission technology. We expect the buses to be a welcomed attraction in this growing area of Fort Worth.”

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You may want to reconsider electric buses. There are several articles that have listed problems encountered with electric buses regarding cost, maintenance, range, and power. Cities who have chosen electric have run into significant problems with range, power, and cost. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-electric-buses-20180520-story.html https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/news/art-buses-removed-from-transit-daytona-facility https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-electric-buses-20180520-story.html The page of your article contains information on the Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine which is used in natural gas buses. Their power, range, and cost are much more comparable to diesel than is electric. In the future, engines that run on fossil natural gas will be converted to renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is produced… Read more »