Office of Mayor Frank C. Guinta
For Immediate Release, July 18th, 2006
Contact: Craig Smith (603) 624-6500 (603) 759-5870
MANCHESTER UNVEILS NEW BUSES
Mayor applauds MTA for new, smaller, more fuel efficient and lower emission buses
Manchester- In a City Hall ceremony today, Mayor Frank C. Guinta and the Manchester Transit Authority (MTA) Commissioners introduced Manchester’s new replacement buses.
"I am very pleased at the MTA’s choice for replacing our city’s aging buses," Guinta said. "For seven months, I have been calling for those who provide city services to look at ways in which they can provide the same services more efficiently. I applaud the MTA for doing just that. They are going to be able to serve the same amount of riders in a more cost-efficient and environmentally safer way."
The six new buses, manufactured by the Gillig Corp, replace buses that are as old as 15 years. The buses are ten feet shorter than the standard urban bus, a smaller size more suited to Manchester’s demand. Their low-floor design allows for easier entry and exit and eliminates the need for steps at the bus door. All six buses have state-of-the-art Cummins ISL low emissions diesel engines that use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, making them more environmentally friendly. Additionally, the new buses are more fuel-efficient, getting an estimated 30% better fuel mileage than those they are replacing.
"We at the MTA are grateful for the support shown by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Community Improvement Program Committee for their support of our bus replacement program during the past three years," said MTA Director David Smith. "We are pleased to be offering our customers increased comfort and accessibility with these new heavy-duty buses, and all Manchester citizens will benefit from the reduced diesel emissions and operating economy of the new vehicles."
Funding for the new buses is comprised of 80% Federal Transit Administration Grants and 20% from a combination of funds from the Manchester Community Improvement Program (FY 2005 & 2006) and State Grants. The MTA has an option to buy 3 additional 2007 Gillig buses in the future.