May 22, 2017

Metro to Display Preview of 30-ft. Passport-HD bus

On Thursday, May 25, view an example of a small bus that Metro may purchase to improve efficiency and productivity.

WHAT: Sneak peek: Example of a small bus that Metro may purchase to improve efficiency and productivity

WHEN: Thursday, May 25
Media and public viewing: 10-11 a.m.

WHERE: Government Square, Area E
On 5th Street, mid-block between Walnut and Main

Metro is finding ways to make service better and more efficient. This includes matching the bus fleet to the level and type of service provided. Some routes are important to the community, but ridership is low and the service does not require a big 40-ft. bus.

On Thursday, May 25, you can see an example of a small bus that Metro is considering for purchase. The 30-ft. Passport-HD bus manufactured by ElDorado is on its way to Detroit, but it’s stopping in Cincinnati so the Metro team can check it over mechanically and test-drive it on Cincinnati’s hills.

The Passport-HD small bus offers many advantages:

• Better maneuverability on tight neighborhood streets
• Better fuel efficiency for reduced operating costs
• Half the cost to purchase compared to Metro’s current 40-ft. buses
• 10-year useful life… almost as long as a current 40-ft. bus (12-year useful life)
• Low-floor (no steps), so it’s easy for people with mobility aids, grocery carts and strollers to board using the ramp

The Passport-HD small bus will be on public display from 10-11 a.m. at Government Square Area E on Fifth Street between Walnut and Main.

BACKGROUND: With the help of consulting firm AECOM, Metro has developed a plan for future expansion if additional funding becomes available, which includes the diversification of its fleet. The full Reinventing Metro service improvement plan can be viewed here.

Metro is a non-profit, tax funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 15 million rides per year.
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