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MAYOR CARLISLE UNVEILS NEW HEAVY-DUTY CITY BUSES

(Mon., Nov. 8, 2010)—Mayor Peter Carlisle and City transportation officials today announced the purchase of 24 new heavy-duty clean diesel buses, which will replace older models to be retired from the City fleet.

            “This purchase is a prudent and cost-effective upgrade to Honolulu’s award-winning bus service,” Carlisle said. “Public transportation is vital to Oahu, and we will continue to carefully invest in our island’s future.”

            The 40-foot-long buses are manufactured by Nova Bus, part of the Volvo Bus Corporation, and cost $435,696 each. They are one of the lightest heavy-duty diesel buses made, which makes them more fuel efficient and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

The buses will be used primarily on less-congested, long-haul routes, where they are most efficient. The City will continue to deploy hybrid diesel-electric buses in urban, congested routes, where they provide better fuel economy.

            Each bus can accommodate 39 seated and 31 standing passengers, and is equipped to carry two wheelchair or scooter passengers and three bicycles. The buses also feature automated “next stop” announcements, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, wide front doors and large windows.

            The buses are made from a high percentage of noncorrosive material, including stainless steel structures, fiberglass bodies and composite flooring which will extend the life of the vehicles and reduce operating costs. 

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Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.