Breakdown by age:
15+ years - 175 buses - 29.2% of fleet (161 buses are 18 years or older)
10-15 years - 264 buses - 44% of fleet
5-9 years - 121 buses - 20.2% of fleet
less than 5 years - 40 buses - 7.7% of fleet
240 high floor buses, 360 low floor buses, 425 have air conditioning and 175 do not
FTA funding for buses - eligibility is at 12 years.
Peer comparison - the average bus age at similar transit agencies is 7.4 years. Our average bus age is 12.
In the next meeting, there will be 2 contracts for bus procurement.
- among features of new bus models, better wheelchair accessibility - changes ratio of wheelchair ramps from 1:4 to 1:6
Board member Lehrbach - wanted to know if operators were involved in selection of new buses - answer was yes, bus models are brought to yard, operators can operate them in the yard or ride with a representative on the road
Board member Olanrewaju - wants to see money saved by replacing older buses with new ones to make sure it's worth it.
(Clearly board member Olanrewaju has never ridden in a 1700 series bus when it's 90 degrees out)