DATE: March 15, 2013
One of the new Broward County Transit's 2013 hybrid-diesel buses that will be traveling routes in Broward County.
MEDIA CONTACT: Doris Williams, Broward County Transit Division
Broward County Transit (BCT) is introducing new, 40-foot buses that consist of 28 diesel-powered and 21 hybrid-diesel/electric buses, as part of the agency’s 2013 bus replacement plan. The new buses will replace 49 of the 313 current buses in the fleet.
“The buses offer our riders a level of comfort they deserve and are in line with our commitment to offering a more cost-effective and fuel efficient fleet,” said Tim Garling, director of Broward County Transit Division.
The new hybrid buses, which seat up to 38 passengers, boast the latest in new technology to provide passengers with upgraded amenities, such as ergonomically-designed seating for added comfort, more rugged vinyl floors to reduce the risks of slipping, roof-top air conditioning to improve cooling capacity, and lower floor access at entry and exit doors with kneeling accessibility for easy boarding. Passengers will immediately notice a more spacious interior and continue to enjoy onboard digital announcements that provide key bus travel information. Other amenities include video cameras mounted inside and outside the bus for improved security and an increase of up to three bicycle racks.
BCT will place the new buses into service as they are received and expects to have all 49 buses in service by July 2013. Funding was provided through Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) grants in the amount of $27,602,988.
For more information, call 954-357-8400.
About Broward County Transit
Broward County Transit (BCT), the second largest public transportation system in the state of Florida, provides convenient, economical and eco-friendly alternatives to driving a car. Close to 40 million annual passengers commute on fixed-route, limited stop and express bus services and many connect to Miami-Dade Transit, Palm-Tran and Tri-Rail. The fleet consists of 313 buses of which 81 are diesel/hybrid, and all are equipped with wheelchair/scooter lifts and bike racks. Mini-buses provide Community Bus Service in partnership with 18 Broward municipalities. The Paratransit (TOPS) program provides transportation for persons unable to use the fixed-route bus system. Customer service is available seven days a week, including holidays, at 954-357-8400; TTY 954-357-8302. The Broward County Transit website contains information on all services, a link toGoogle™ Transit and an option to receive the Transit Flash e-newsletter. Customers can also follow BCT on Facebook and YouTube.