Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation 3001-3002
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation 3001-3002 are 2009 New Flyer Industries DE60LF buses fully built in St. Cloud, Minnesota; and delivered in 2010. These are the first articulated buses purchased by any southeastern Michigan agency since 1989. In addition, they also feature several firsts for SMART: first fixed-route vehicles to be delivered in a scheme other than the white-with-red-and-orange-stripe livery used in one form or another since the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority days, instead both feature a flower-field wrap; first diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, first buses with Luminator Horizon destination signs due to longtime destination sign customer Vultron going out of business in 2006 and first non-Gillig Low Floor purchase since 1999, as Gillig does not produce an articulated bus.
They were originally intended for the Chicago Transit Authority, but because of financial troubles with the agency, the order was deferred, leaving New Flyer with fourteen partially-completed vehicles. Meanwhile, SMART had recently been granted $20.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds by President Barack Obama on August 20, 2009. SMART used part of that fund to pick up two of the vehicles by way of a piggyback agreement with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio (originally, only one articulated unit had been planned, the order also included three 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses, which became 3003-3005 and arrived a year later) and the Maryland Transit Administration ended up with the other twelve vehicles, which became 11081-11092. Specifications are fairly similar to CTA units 4000-4149 and 4150-4207.
3001 was usually found on routes 510 Van Dyke Local or 560 Gratiot Local, and 3002 is usually found on 200 Michigan Avenue Local, but in the past it has also shown up on routes 125 Fort Street/Eureka Road, 275 Telegraph, 805 Grand River Park & Ride, and 830 Downriver Park & Ride.
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in June 2018
- MBS Fall 2014 Convention roster handout
- SMART Bus Collides With Street Sweeper, 4 Hospitalized, WWJ-AM - Detroit. Dated June 7, 2018. Retrieved on November 2, 2018.