Take an Early Drive Aboard DART's New Bus

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Exactly one year ago Dallas Area Rapid Transit announced that it had signed a $210-million contract with Anniston, Alabama-based North American Bus Industries, Inc. for a new fleet of  compressed natural gas-fueled buses, which DART promised to start rolling out by October 2012. This morning I stumbled across this just-posted sneak peek at the new fleet of 459 buses, hosted by DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas. Among the highlights: five security cams on each bus. Not a moment too soon.

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LaceyB
LaceyB

You'd think part of that $210 million might go toward getting those buses to be on time. DART buses are at least 5 minutes late 95% of the time.

Buses were fine before.

US175guy
US175guy

These new models can't come soon enough.  The ones used now for the main routes (the non-express ones) have been ready for retirement for quite a while.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Anyone ever done the calculations on how long it takes to pay for one of these? I mean, minus paying the driver, overhead(fuel, tires, maintenance, DART presidents) etc.?

Will R
Will R

If a mere $210 million could make Dallas drivers stop driving like morons and causing delays for everyone behind them, it would have been done years ago.

Gabe
Gabe

Its a hard question to answer, because the main savings come from the price difference between CNG and diesel, and it's really impossible to know what the future prices of those will be. 

That said, CNG's prices tend to be more stable than oil. It's really low right now because of all the gas the various shale fields have opened up. 

Rangers100
Rangers100

No.

On a similar note, has anyone ever done the calculations on how long it takes to pay for the construction and upkeep of all these gigantic new highways in far-flung sprawling areas around Dallas?

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