Birmingham City Council to purchase 15 new compressed natural gas buses

August 16, 2019. The City Council voted Tuesday on an agreement with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) to use federal grant funds to purchase up to 15 new buses for the Bus Rapid Transit project.

   The Council voted to approve $9 million in federal funds that will allow the BJCTA to purchase the new, low-floor, 40-foot, compressed natural gas (CNG) at $602,500 per bus.

   The new bus rapid transit (BRT) system will connect 25 neighborhoods from Woodlawn on the east side to Five Points on the west side. The new system will replace the BJCTA’s MAX bus services that currently operate in these areas and the buses will operate in both dedicated lanes and in mixed traffic.

   The $44 million bus rapid transit project is scheduled to begin construction of the 36 new bus stations along a 10 mile route this fall.

   The new transit system will reduce travel time between Woodlawn and the Birmingham CrossPlex by an estimated hour travel time as opposed to the current hour and 20 minutes. The new buses will also provide level boarding for all passengers, operate on 15-minute frequencies throughout the day except for off-peak periods and weekends, which will be 30 minutes and will include wheelchair self-parking areas.