Millennium Transit Services

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Millennium Transit Services (MTS) was a transit bus manufacturer based in Roswell, New Mexico. They continued development and manufacturing of the popular RTS bus.

History

Millennium Transit Services (MTS) was formed after acquiring assets from Nova Bus that included the manufacturing facility in Roswell, New Mexico and the RTS design. The company was also largely composed of former Nova Bus employees.

MTS was selected by the City of El Paso, Texas, to convert 25 TMC RTS buses from diesel to CNG in 2005.[1]Their first order for buses was from Pueblo, Colorado. The two buses were built and delivered in 2006.

The company received its first major order in July 2005. The order for 68 transit and 221 suburban RTS buses was placed by New Jersey Transit. Two prototypes (one transit and one suburban) were delivered for evaluation in 2006 with full delivery of the order planned for later that year. In 2007 however, MTS annouunced the loss of the New Jersey order due to "the inability to obtain necessary funds".[2]

In February 2007, Millennium announced it would temporarily lay off most of its workers as they would shutdown in order to do a complete inventory. The company later received a contract to provide 16 buses to the city of Beaumont, Texas in the summer of 2007 and was set to reopen in the near future.[2] But amid financial difficulties, the contract was cancelled in 2008.

On August 29, 2008, MTS filed for Chapter 11 bankuruptcy protection.[3] After re-organization, they announced that they would showcase their latest RTS product at the 2011 APTA Expo in New Orleans and re-enter the market.[4] At the trade show, they displayed one of the buses they built for Texas A&M University. The company failed to secure any new orders, however, and later ceased operations.

Products

Current

Not built

  • RTS Evolution (Mini-variation of the RTS body on a cutaway chassis)

See also

References

  1. Enviromech Delivers Natural Gas Systems for Texas Bus Retrofit, allbusiness.com, retrieved on 2009-07-31
  2. 2.0 2.1 Millennium gearing up again: Roswell factory has a contract for 16 buses, tmcnet.com, retrieved on 2009-07-31
  3. Millennium Transit initiates Chapter 11, ibtimes.com, retrieved on 2009-07-31
  4. Millennium Transit news release, dated September 21, 2011, retrieved 2011-09-20

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