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ART Debuting New CNG Electric Hybrid Buses

September 5, 2012

The ART Bus event for the new buses has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Photo: New ART BusArlington Transit will be getting three of the new buses that are manufactured in the US by DesignLine. The buses are serial-hybrids that are powered by electricity from batteries. When the batteries run low, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is fed to a turbine engine in the back of the bus. The turbine generates electricity to charge the batteries. Some other features include:

  • Lower emissions and higher fuel mileage than diesel and other hybrid buses
  • Reduced noise pollution
  • Regenerative braking, meaning that the batteries are charged each time the brake is applied
  • Low floors for easier on-board access for seniors and persons with disabilities

The 35 foot long buses have 26 seats and space for 15 people to stand. At first, the buses will be rotated on various ART routes to compare fuel usage to the ART buses the County already has. The fuel use comparison will indicate which routes these new buses should be regularly assigned.

Be on the lookout for these new, sleek buses while you’re out and about in Arlington.

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