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NJ TRANSIT Fleet Modernization Advances
NJ TRANSIT is upgrading its bus and rail fleet to enhance your customer experience.
The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors recently authorized the purchase of 85 articulated transit buses that will primarily be used in urban areas with high ridership.
Each articulated bus is 60 feet long with a pivot mechanism in the middle of the vehicle to help negotiate traffic and sharp turns. The buses feature low flooring to speed customer boarding, wheelchair ramps, USB charging ports, onboard camera systems for safety and security, an improved intercom system, LED lighting and bicycle racks. The new buses will help improve fleet reliability, reduce operating and maintenance costs, and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The first prototype articulated bus is scheduled to arrive for testing this Fall. The first production buses are scheduled to arrive in Spring 2020 with deliveries continuing through Summer 2020.
Meanwhile, NJ TRANSIT continues to receive delivery of new 45-foot cruiser buses that are used on our long-distance bus routes. More than 1,100 cruiser buses were ordered in a multi-year contract, equipped with 57 seats, LED destination signs, airline-style HVAC controls for each seated customer, onboard security cameras, and a 360-degree external camera system to increase bus operator visibility.
NJ TRANSIT is also developing an electric bus pilot program. Federal grants will allow NJ TRANSIT to purchase eight electric buses, electric vehicle charging equipment, spare parts and training time. The new electric buses will be tested on eight bus routes in Camden County.
Finally, the Board of Directors also recently authorized the purchase of 113 "next-generation" multilevel rail cars (MLV III). Fifty-eight of the MLV III cars are self-propelled electric cars, which allows them to connect with other MLV cars and operate without a locomotive. The remaining MLV III rail cars are cab cars (with a locomotive-engineer's compartment) and trailer cars, including six cars equipped with restrooms.
The new rail cars will feature two-by-two seating, similar to the existing MLV fleet, as well as USB charging ports, an onboard LED information system, an improved intercom system and bicycle storage, and will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The MLV III fleet will replace our oldest Arrow III single-level rail cars that are more than 40 years old and reaching the end of their useful lives, helping to increase service reliability, seating capacity, efficiency and customer comfort.
Testing of MLV III prototypes is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022, with revenue service debut scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2023.