El Paso, TX (SUN METRO) — Sun Metro is excited to announce the arrival of THREE NEW articulated vehicles, which will join the regular, fixed-route service beginning Monday, July 7.
The 2014 New Flyer Xcelsior 60-foot model buses will be used on Route 59 Eastside Connector, Sun Metro's most populated route.
Due to the length of the 60-foot vehicles, Route 59 will no longer board and de-board passengers at the Eastside Transfer Center, Bay G; instead, passengers will board and de-board on Sunmount near the Eastside Transfer Center
Route 59 will also no longer board and de-board on Texas and Oregon; instead, passengers will board and de-board on Oregon near San Antonio (alongside the historic State National Bank building).
Route 59 will continue to use Bay A at the Downtown Transfer Center. Sun Metro staff will be at the Eastside Transfer Center and the stop on Texas near Oregon to help direct passengers to the new boarding locations.
PHOTO/B-ROLL OP: By way of introduction to the community, Sun Metro will use the three, new buses during this week's Chihuahua's home games on Route 18 (West Side), Route 59 (East Side) and Route 75 (Far East Side).
ABOUT THE BUS
The 2014 New Flyer has amenities to include low floors, electric air conditioning system, disc brakes which provide a smoother and more efficient braking system, better fuel economy, orange seat belts for the coach operators, 48 passenger seats (with room for 24 standing passengers), LED interior lighting, a more aerodynamic body and-like all Sun Metro buses-they are fueled by compressed natural gas, have room for two wheelchairs and three interior bicycle racks.
Another new addition is the rear-facing wheelchair-securement option. This is a new option for passengers using mobility devices. The new securement option-a first for Sun Metro-will allow for faster boarding by passengers using mobility devices without compromising the safety of the passengers. Riders using mobility devices will still have the option to use the standard forward-facing wheelchair-securement option.
Each bus cost approximately $790,000 and they are funded by the Federal Transit Administration. They are required to be in service for 12 years or 500,000 miles (whichever comes first) before they are eligible for replacement.
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