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Articulated Bus Status and Information
By Bart Reed
May 2, 2005
Here is some background on our
articulated bus order that calls for delivery starting in June
2005. Note that each bus costs $694,442 including sales tax. MTA
operators will drive these coaches.
Award a fixed price unit rate contract, Contract
No. OP33200646, to North American Bus Industries (NABI) for 200
Low Floor CNG Articulated Vehicles; spare parts; training aids;
and other miscellaneous equipment, in an amount not to exceed
$138,888,329, inclusive of sales tax.
At their April 25, 2002 meeting, the MTA Board of
Directors recommended the procurement of Advanced Design, Low
Floor CNG Articulated buses to support expansion of various projects
In addition to supporting the scheduled opening
of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors that were recently approved
by the Board, at least 200 additional higher capacity vehicles
could be put into service on other MTA high capacity routes, including
routes planned within MTAs expanded Rapid Bus program.
MTA has determined that due to high, sustained ridership
levels, many MTA routes could be operated more effectively with
higher capacity articulated vehicles.
In particular, staff has determined articulated
vehicles could be used in the majority of MTAs highest ridership
lines, including Metro Rapid lines.
Over the next several years, staff estimates that
over 25% of MTAs service (which equates to roughly 600 vehicles)
could be provided more effectively with higher capacity vehicles.
Staff intends to use the 200 articulated buses in
this contract as a direct replacement for retirement-eligible
diesel buses scheduled for replacement in the next three years.
Since no proposals are recommended for award under
RFP No. OP33200645 (up to 92 CNG Hybrid or CNG Electric Drive
Articulated Vehicles), some of the CNG articulated buses under
contract OP33200646 will be used to support the San Fernando Valley
and Wilshire BRT projects.
While vehicles under this procurement will use a
conventional CNG drive train, they will still be significantly
quieter than existing MTA buses.
In addition, these vehicles feature: advanced aerodynamic
design, large passenger windows, three large doors for entry and
egress, updated comfortable seating, exceed the desired operational
performance requirements, and with a reduced exterior sound level
of 78 dBA, these vehicles will be suitable for operation on proposed
North American Bus Industries (NABI) was established
in 1992. It has manufacturing facilities in Budapest and Kaposvar,
Hungary and Anniston, Alabama and Leeds, England.
NABI currently produces approximately 850 buses
per year and has the production capacity to produce approximately
1000 buses per year. Its production capabilities include 30 foot
60 foot steel frame buses and 3045 ft. composite
NABI has delivered 770 low floor CNG buses for MTA
and is currently producing 20 low floor CNG buses for MTA. In
addition, the firm will be producing 30 forty-five foot composite
low floor CNG buses for MTA. (The Board will also be considering
authorizing an option for another 70 of the forty-five foot composite
Bus quality and reliability have been very good.
In addition, the company has produced buses for many other major
transit agencies. The firm understands the expectations of the
MTA regarding warranty support and required training documentation.
NABI has a local support services facility in Upland
CA. In addition, NABI is developing a Parts Distribution Location
in Upland CA. The company is publicly traded on the Hungarian
Stock Exchange and is well capitalized. There is a low financial
or performance risk with this company. The firm did not take any
major exception to the contract terms and conditions.
The RFP was issued for the purchase of up to 200
low floor CNG articulated vehicles. The RFP contained Options
under which the MTA has the right to purchase up to 400 vehicles
in two options with a minimum order of 50 vehicles per option
order. The options will be valid for a period of sixty (60) months
from the date of contract execution.
So, those are the details of our new fleet that
starts arriving for service on the Orange Line.