I collect Trimet related material and spend most of my social media time on twitter
So, interpreting the speech- My guess is that, like the earlier New Flyer hybrids, these buses were ordered because the majority of the cost was paid by the Feds. They are not part of any Trimet shift to high tech vehicles. It was a cheap way to get four more buses onto the recent order.The annoying part is how McFarlane implies that it's all part of a master plan to have a cutting edge bus fleet - as Trimet "moves people from poverty to prosperity."
These busses were 80% paid by the feds, 20% by TriMet.$664K each (regular bus is $407K).(source)
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