Valley Metro to Deploy Large CNG Bus Fleet in Phoenix
Over the next few years, Valley Metro will be deploying a new bus fleet to serve bus routes in Phoenix, Arizona. A five-year base quantity of 187 buses will include 30-foot CNG, 40-foot CNG and diesel and 60-foot CNG powered buses. There is also an option to purchase up to another 109 heavy duty buses. The purchase is part of a joint regional procurement with the city of Phoenix, which allows a five-year regional acquisition.
“Replacing older fleet is key to keeping our service efficient and more comfortable for our riders,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “With new technology and aerodynamic styling, we believe we can attract a new generation of riders to public transit.”
At their June meeting, the Valley Metro Board of Directors gave the approval to execute contracts with El Dorado National Inc. and New Flyer of America Inc. for the manufacture and delivery of the new fleet vehicles. Total cost of the purchase is $169.7 million. All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and Proposition 400 funds. Proposition 400 is a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.