This paper discusses the use of electric minibuses on Roosevelt Island New York. The buses have enabled this model city to achieve its primary objective of creating a pollution-free, low traffic density environment. The route of the minibuses is approximately 1 1/2 miles long with a current passenger loading of approximately 35,000 per week. The minibuses complete more than 150 trips each day and cover an average of 1500 miles each week. They have adequately served the transit needs of the city's 6,000 residents. The operation of electric buses poses many operating constraints and unique maintenance problems. Since the model 20 Electrobus used on Roosevelt Island is no longer manufactured, spare parts are difficult to obtain. During the two years of operation, it has been necessary to develop sources of substitute and/or replacement components and to otherwise improvise maintenance and repair procedures. Maintenance costs over the past year were approximately $22,000. Operation of an electric bus requires certain driver skills and knowledge to cope with the unique characteristics of the electric traction system. During the two year operation of electric buses on Roosevelt Island, passenger acceptance has been very favorable. The paper concludes with a synopsis of future prospects for electric buses.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Porter Corporation

    P.O. Box 533
    Westport, CT  United States  06880
  • Authors:
    • Loughlin, R G
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 4-7
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  • Accession Number: 00301450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM