Not every Metro Transit bus is made the same. In fact, Metro Transit has an array of vehicle types to meet different route and customer needs.
At the end of 2014, Metro Transit had more than 900 buses in its fleet. The majority of buses in Metro Transit's fleet are 40-feet in length. Articulated, 60-foot buses are typically used on express routes that operate only during the busiest times of day (rush hours) and make fewer stops. Coach buses are used for express service.
Hybrid buses were introduced in 2002 and now comprise approximately 15 percent of the fleet. Fleetwide fuel efficiency has improved 15 percent since 2008 due to the addition of hybrid buses and improved performance on diesel buses.
In 2012, Metro Transit put two super-hybrid Xcelsior buses into service. The buses utilize all-electric components to reduce emissions.
Metro Transit continually evaluates route capacity, level of service and schedule performance to determine which vehicles are most effective on which routes. These considerations are also considered when making new bus purchases.
Buses are stored and maintained at five service garages and the Overhaul Base in St. Paul. Based on regional and federal guidelines, the regular service life of a transit bus is 12 years. Metro Transit's buses are typically used for a year or two to provide service to the Minnesota State Fair and have more than 400,000 miles on their odometers by the time they are sold.
Advances in technology and a continued focus on maintenance has made Metro Transit's fleet more reliable than ever. In 2014, buses traveled an average of 7,518 miles between maintenance road call.
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