October 1, 2019. The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority has added 11 new fixed-route buses to its fleet. The new buses will replace old fleet that have met their useful life of 12 years or 500,000 miles.
The new 35-foot buses run on compressed natural gas (CNG) that minimizes harmful carbon deposits to the environment, leading to a cleaner and more efficient engine. The buses also have a higher curb switch that assists riders in wheelchairs or those needing assistance entering or exiting the bus and are equipped with improved Wi-Fi, 19-inch display monitors and other upgraded features.
Six of the 11 buses were purchased from a $3.6 million competitive low-emission, no-emission award the BJCTA received in early 2016. The other five were purchased from existing Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities) and Section 5307 (Preventative Maintenance) grant awards that were apportioned to BJCTA in 2018 and 2019 based on ridership data.
The BJCTA averages 3 million riders a year and has more than 300 employees. The average age of BJCTA’s fleet is roughly six years old.