Brand new buses are arriving this month at Hampton Roads Transit to replace some of the agency’s older ones and enhance the transit experience for its operators and customers.
Hampton Roads Transit ordered 28 new buses from the Gillig factory in Livermore, CA. More than half have arrived and will be on the streets in the coming days.
HRT purchased buses in various sizes that will replace on a nearly one-for-one basis some of its older rolling stock. It’s news the agency welcomes.
“Few investments are as important to transit as buses,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Older buses require more maintenance and are less reliable. Some of our buses are well beyond their expected life. We are working hard to replace older buses equipment to enhance the transit experience, both for customers and our operators.”
It takes about a week to build a modern transit bus. They arrive almost ready to use with fareboxes, radios, computer aided dispatch – automatic vehicle locator systems and passenger counters already installed. All that’s needed is license plates, registration and state inspection.
“Using a combination of federal, state, and local transit funds, HRT ordered thirteen 29-footers, seven 35-footers, three 40-footers, and five 40-foot MAX buses,” said Michael Perez, Operation Projects and Contracts Administrator. “They will cost $13,620,711, including on-site inspections, training, spare parts, etc.,” he said.
The prices for the various buses does not vary too much from one to another. The 29-footer cost $443,938, the 35-footers cost $450,863, the regular 40-footers cost $455,063 each and the MAX Commuter variant slightly more at $474,900 with the additional costs arising from special seating and luggage lofts. The agency ordered mostly 29-footers to better fit the neighborhood-styled routes that do not carry as many passengers.
“It’s important to invest in infrastructure to improve,” Harrell said. “Hampton Roads Transit’s vision is to be a valued regional partner that drives prosperity and makes life better for our community.”
HRT will host a ribbon cutting to showcase its new buses before the next Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads meeting on Thursday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m.
For more information on transit services, visit gohrt.com