A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Kennedy Plaza on Monday, October 4th at 11am to intriduce RIPTA’s new hybrid buses and hybrid trolley buses.
The new hybrid diesel Gillig buses and trolleys are powered by clean diesel hybrid electrical propulsion systems that reduce emissions, save fuel and are smoother and quieter than conventional buses. This not only reduces air pollution, but noise pollution as well, thus improving the environment for Rhode Islanders.
New Classic Hybrid Trolleys
The red and gold trolleys, which each seat approximately 30 passengers, will replace existing trolleys on the Gold and Green LINK lines in Providence. Each trolley, manufactured by Gillig Bus in partnership with Cable Car Classics, costs $696,959.50. Federal Transit Administration Grants funded the base cost of the trolley, while the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) covered the incremental cost of the Hybrid Propulsion System. A 20% local match was provided by State General Obligation Bonds. The trolley includes Gillig heavy-duty reliability and ADA accessibility wrapped up in the appeal of old fashioned trolley charm.
RIPTA trolleys in Providence serve Route 91 (Gold Line) six days a week and Route 92 (Green Line) seven days a week all year round.
New Gillig BRT Hybrid Buses
Photo from Mountain Metropolitan Transit
All fifty-three brand new 2010 Gillig BRT hybrid 40′ foot buses will have joined the RIPTA fleet by March 2011. The hybrid bus weighs 39,600 lbs and comfortably seats forty passengers. This model features many improvements including new stainless steel bike racks for easer bicycle loading, new soft seating, and improved KONI shock absorbers for a better ride. The bus’s engine, a new Cummins ISL 2007 EPA Emission engine, meets all current EPA requirements. In addition, the front doors can now load wheelchairs and the wheelchair ramp has been redesigned to reduce maintenance.
Funded by various Federal Transit Administration Grants, Rhode Island Bonds, and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Grants, each 2010 Gillig BRT hybrid bus costs $625,085.
These new buses and trolleys are part of RIPTA’s normal fleet replacement plan to maintain their fleet in top condition. Replacement of CNG trolleys and diesel buses to a hybrid system will yield approximately a 20% savings on fuel for RIPTA.
The new buses and trolley buses will be joining the fleet in stages through March of next year.