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First Look: New Electric Bus to Visit Birmingham for a Demo Event

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – New buses will soon be rolling in the City of Birmingham, and here’s your chance to get a good look at them. The New Flyer Bus Company, the manufacturer of the BJCTA new buses, is bringing an Electric Demo Bus to the Magic City today. The buses will be available for demo in front of City Hall at 3 p.m. Birmingham City Councilors say they are eager to get an inside look at the new buses.

“I am so excited to see different options for public transportation being put on the roadway,” Councilor Kim Rafferty said. “We’ve heard so much about the new buses, so I am glad to see that the time has finally come for us to get a closer look at the opportunities that new buses will provide for residents in Birmingham.”

The new buses are a part of MAX’s transition to an all compressed natural gas transit fleet. MAX Transit buses run 4.1 million miles annually and currently receive a refund of $0.50 per gallon purchased. The cost of natural gas is approximately $3 per gallon cheaper than diesel fuel. With gas prices fluctuating, the advantage the new CNG buses have is that compressed natural gas is abundant and domestically produced; therefore, it offsets importing petroleum, making public transportation environmentally responsible and extremely affordable for most.

“We’ve been working on bringing these buses to Birmingham for some time now and it’s exciting that city officials will now be able to get a first hand look at what we believe will be a great investment for the city,” said Ann August, Executive Director of the Birmingham-Jefferson Transit Authority. “The CNG buses have little fuel emissions and lower maintenance cost, so we can focus funding on other important areas while remaining environmentally responsible within our servicing community.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.