Update: 2/8/14 — Since this was posted, I’ve learned that the “ORIGINAL COST” for these “GREEN Hybrid Light Transit Vehicles” (LTV) was $50,000 MORE per vehicle than if it came with a standard Internal Combustion Gasoline Engine.
So in 2011, we spent $500,000 (Half a Million) MORE to get the Hybrid Option on 10 Mini-Buses. Approximately 3 years later, we’re having to pay to UNDO this half a million very poor decision.
I’m reminded of the Grail Knight from the Indiana Jones Movie:
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This post is a “Copy and Paste” from various sources. I’m sure the sources will be ‘SCRUBBED’ since they shine a BAD light on the ‘Liberal Ideology’. Also to be noted is the FACT that MAJORITY of the time you see these buses on the roads, there are only 4-6 people riding them. We could provide Full Sized Ford Econoline Vans, with extended roofs, to haul 4-6 people for a FRACTION of the cost of these behemoth buses!
Local News – Durham pulling hybrid engines from some buses
Posted 6:26 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014 – Durham Access light-transit vehicle
Durham, N.C. — Durham officials have found it’s not easy being green.
The city decided this week to convert 10 of its hybrid vehicles – light transit vehicles, or LTVs, that transport people with disabilities – back to gas-fueled engines because of maintenance problems. City buses will continue to have hybrid engines.
The LTVs were added to Durham’s fleet in 2011. The hybrid vehicles cost $112,000 each, compared with $65,000 for buses without hybrid engines, but officials figured they would save on fuel costs.
“It all comes from our desire to have the most fuel-efficient fleet that we can,” said Tobin Freid, Durham’s sustainability manager, who helped secure federal funds to buy the hybrids.
The savings never panned out, however, as repairs started piling up.
“After about six months, we started having issues with them,” city maintenance manager Scott Mozingo said. “Then, we had issues with parts.”
In 2012, the company that outfitted the hybrid vehicles went bankrupt, so Durham could no longer get the parts they needed to make repairs.
“We started parking vehicles as they were breaking down because we didn’t have parts for them,” Mozingo said.
LTV routes started feeling the pinch as the fleet became smaller, so the city’s Transportation Department decided to make another switch.
“We need to have these 10 vehicles back on the road, and the fastest way to do that is through this conversion,” said Harmon Crutchfield, assistant director of transit and parking services.
Durham plans to spend $78,000 to convert the hybrid LTVs back to gas engines. Each vehicle will take about a week to be converted.
Freid said the move is disappointing but not discouraging.
“We tried a new technology, and sometimes when you try new things, they don’t work out,” she said.
More on Durham’s Hybrid Buses.
Pay close attention on this video starting at around the 3:00 mark. Notice each of the $600K buses have only about 6-8 RIDERS MAX!!!
From the DurhamNC dot Gov page: “The total cost for the five hybrid buses is $2,995,765, which includes an 80 percent contribution from the Federal Transit Administration and a 20 percent non-federal share from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Duke University.”
That’s $599,153 per bus!!!
From Aug. 10, 2010
“Good morning!” city of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell announced at Durham Station on Monday. “Great things are happening in Durham, right?”
The audience cheered, and after brief remarks from officials, including Congressman David Price (D-NC), city staff pulled a blue tarp off a waiting bus, unveiling the new Bull City Connector, the fare-free service linking city destinations, including Duke, Durham’s historic and revitalized downtown, Ninth Street and Golden Belt.”
From The Chronicle Feb 15, 2010 (Duke Univ. Student Paper)
“They’re mean, green, more fuel-efficient machines.
The Durham Area Transit Authority debuted 20 diesel-electric hybrid buses last December. The buses—which feature advanced wheelchair accessibility, audio instructions for the visually impaired and a funky color scheme voted on by city residents—have been deployed on various DATA routes, and are estimated to be 20 to 45 percent more fuel-efficient than regular diesel buses, according to a December 2009 City of Durham news release.
“All of the feedback that we’ve received from passengers as well as our operators has been positive,” said DATA Public Affairs Specialist Ieshia Robertson. “The city has made a decision that any buses we order in the future will be hybrid buses.”
Initial projections indicate that the buses—which cost $10.7 million—are expected to return the investment through savings on fuel and maintenance costs within eight to 10 years, Robertson added.”
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Sixth Day of February in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fourteen.