Port Authority Transit unveils first of the new, low-floor buses
The first of 160 new low-floor buses, which feature easy boarding and alighting for customers, was presented to the public and local news media today by Port Authority Transit of Allegheny County. The buses, manufactured by Neoplan USA Corporation , are the first of their kind in the Authority's fleet.
Port Authority operators and maintenance workers have been training on the first low-floor bus since it arrived from Neoplan's Lamar, Colorado assembly plant (phone: 719/336-3256) earlier this month. All 160 low-floor buses are expected to be in service by the end of the year.
"We are pleased to see the first of these low-floor buses placed into service, as we believe they will be very well received by our customers," said Paul P. Skoutelas, Port Authority Chief Executive Officer. "This bus purchase is part of our continuing efforts to improve the condition, appearance and reliability of our bus fleet."
Low-floor buses eliminate the need for wheelchair lifts, using instead a ramp to facilitate the movement of persons with disabilities onto or off the bus. They also reduce the amount of time and effort it takes for customers to board or alight the bus. Port Authority's low-floor buses differ from those in its current fleet in many other ways.
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Last Updated: 3-2-2006