Gillig BRT

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Gillig BRT
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Years of manufacture 2005 to present
Length 29 to 40 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, gasoline-electric hybrid, electric trolley, battery-electric
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The Gillig BRT is the BRT-styled derivative of the Gillig Low Floor. Gillig began working on the design in early 2003 and delivered their first BRT buses to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in 2005.


The bus features a redesigned curved front and rear with greater front overhang. It is available with flush-mounted passenger windows and multiple rear door widths including wide, mid-width, or narrow. The dashboard is also different from the one used on the standard Gillig Low Floor.

When introduced, the BRT bus had a one-piece windshield with the destination sign behind. The option to have the destination sign window separate from a two-piece windshield was made available in 2008. The headlight cluster was slightly altered for an order by Transport of Rockland in 2009 and was soon made standard. An option for a streamlined roofline, known as BRTPlus, was introduced with Long Beach Transit in 2011.

Alternative fuels

Like the Gillig Low Floor, the bus is available with diesel-electric hybrid and compressed natural gas drivetrains. An order of BRT buses for LeeTran of Lee County, Florida in 2009 used a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain from ISE Corporation.[1] The first order for BRT buses powered by natural gas was from Long Beach Transit in 2011.

In 2013, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) placed an order with Vossloh Kiepe for four dual-mode trolleybuses. These buses would be used as trial vehicles for the RTA, who was looking to acquire their next generation of trolleybuses. Two buses from this order are able to operate off-wire using battery power, and two are able to operate off-wire using a diesel engine. The buses were delivered at the end of 2014 and into early 2015. After a one-year trial, the RTA had the option to purchase up to 75 vehicles. The four prototypes were funded in part with a federal grant of $4 million.[2][3] Satisfied with the trial buses, the RTA purchased more Vossloh Kiepe-Gillig trolleybuses in 2019 and 2020.


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Demonstrator and engineering units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses

Thumbnail Build
VIN Engine Transmission Notes
  • No roof fairings.
  • Diesel model.
  • Displayed at 2005 APTA Expo.
  • Diesel suburban model.
  • Displayed at 2006 APTA Spring Convention.
2007 46GED301071077499 Ford 6.8L Triton V10 ISE ThunderVolt TB40-HG hybrid system
Voith Gillig BRT Hybrid demo.jpg Jan. 28, 2008 15GGD271781077749 Cummins ISL Voith DIWAhybrid
  • Hybrid model.
  • Demo at 2008 APTA Expo in San Diego, CA.
  • Demo at DRT August 11, 2010.
1106X 2011 Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
  • Express suburban config.
  • Displayed at 2011 APTA EXPO.