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Penn Transit’s New Lower Emission Accessible Bus

December 20, 2012

This fall, Penn Transit introduced a new vehicle to increase ridership capacity, improve handicap accessibility, provide a smoother service for riders, and expand the number of lower emission vehicles in its fleet.

This bus model uses low-sulfur diesel fuel to decrease carbon emissions. In addition, it saves on maintenance repairs, has a longer lifespan, and increases capacity to 70 riders. This low-floor bus provides ease of entry in compliance with ADA regulations. The bus has a hydraulic ‘kneeling device,’ which can be used when the bus is not in motion, tilting it or lowering it down to normal curb height to allow some wheelchair users to board unaided. It is also equipped with a wheelchair lift, and when combined with a low floor, can provide a nearly level entry. The vehicle runs along the Penn Bus East route.

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