(I bet those people ride the buses all the time, NOT)
The buses will be assigned
to line 72 – where their lower emissions and less noise will have real
noticeable benefits.(why would they have any more effect on this line then any other line?) The buses came to us via a $2.5 million grant from
the Federal Transit Administration.
These buses are really
different from our past hybrids. First, the diesel engine doesn’t power
the bus. The diesel engine powers a generator that charges batteries and
then an electric motor drives the bus – kind of like the Chevy Volt. (Chevy volt here)
This allows the diesel engine to be a bit smaller and tuned specifically
for the generator – thus reducing both noise and emissions.
and out they look great – as do all our new 3000 series. The operator
who brought the bus to the event told me how much she liked it. She
deployed the lift for a customer using a large wheelchair and proved to
the customer that fixed route will work for him. She told me the
visibility was great, improved particularly on the left side. (hahaha, freaking hilarious KGW report on safety and the new buses)
see how these buses do now once put in service. We’ll be tracking fuel
economy and reliability – and we hope to learn a lot. I’m glad TriMet is
piloting this new technology. (you're not piloting this new technology, its been out for awhile and other transit districts are much more developed than Trimet is) Through this hybrid demonstration grant,
with the help of the FTA, we’ll see the bus of the future appear!