May 20, 2005
“In some of our more rural areas, or in some off-peak periods, it may make more economic and environmental sense to use smaller buses,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “This pilot project will determine whether using small buses in such instances is a better option.”
The Small Bus Strategy Pilot was brought forward in an attempt to address a number of factors on Newmarket YRT routes, including: limited demand in certain areas or certain off-peak periods, noise and emission issues, cost effectiveness, operational effectiveness on suburban routes and the perception of empty buses.
25 foot buses like this one will be on the streets of Photo available on request.
25 foot buses like this one will be on the streets of
Photo available on request.
Data from American transit systems suggests that using small buses as part of overall fleet operations can have a cost savings of four per cent (for low-floor buses) to 34 per cent (for high-floor, lift-equipped buses). The data also suggests that over time, cost savings can be created through lower operational costs in operator wages.
YRT staff will report back to York Regional Council after the pilot has operated for six months. The development of a longer term Small Bus Strategy will be included in the new YRT Five-Year Service Plan currently under development.
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