This paper offers suggestions and advice for purchasing transit vehicles. The following key issues should be addressed: the importance of matching the equipment selected to the requirements of the service for which it will be used; the importance of providing a fleet which will support the development of solid basic service before specialized equipment is added for diversifying the services; the importance of providing a strong positive image for transit through equipment selection; and the importance of balancing capital and operating costs. Four categories of transit buses according to size and need are listed: heavy duty full sized transit buses--Advanced Design 870's or RTS-II-s, "new look" buses, and a new 35 foot City Cruiser; heavy duty medium sized transit buses--City Cruiser, Bluebird; heavy small transit buses--Chance; and small body on truck chassis buses--Wayne Transette, Coach and Equipment. A 15 year capital cost comparision of the aforementioned buses is included--which list their length, capacity, unit purchase price, life expectancy, number of repurchases, and fifteen year capital cost. As an example, a discussion of the Citifare Transit System in, Nevada--which is currently reviewing equipment options to meet the requirements of an expanded service plan--is also included in the paper.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ATE Management and Service Company, Incorporated

    617 Vine Street, Suite 800
    Cincinnati, OH  United States  45202
  • Authors:
    • Hunkins, L
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 41-52
  • Serial:
    • Publisher: Rutgers University, New Brunswick

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1981 12:00AM