The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is testing four prototypes of a new $1.4 million dual mode electric trolley bus that could replace problem-plagued trolleys in use since 1998. RTA runs seven trolley routes on 124 miles of overhead wire in Montgomery County.
ARTICLE: New battery key to trolley decision
GALLERY: Dayton public transit through the years
Some facts about the trolleys
Passenger trips: 2.5 million annually
NexGen manufacturing partnership
- Vossloh Kiepe Inc. of Germany: electrification
- Gillig of California: bus body and chassis
- Complete Coach Works of California: electrification installation
The cost of RTA fleet
- NexGen electric trolley prototype: $1.4 million
- NexGen electric trolley production version: $1 million
- ETI electric trolley (current fleet): $550,000 in 1994
- Hybrid diesel/electric bus: $600,000
- Regular diesel: $440,000
Bus Life Expectancy
- NexGen electric trolley: 18-20 years, 800,000 miles
- Diesel & Hybrid diesel/electric bus: 12 years, 500,000 miles
The NexGen Bus
- 34,000 pounds
- 12 feet tall with poles down, 18 feet with poles up
- 40 feet long with 38 seats
- AC Drive propulsion technology
What are the important parts of the trolleys?
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What does it look like when it's moving?