CDTA is in the process of receiving 16 brand new articulated buses for Purple Line service which will begin later this year. Each bus is 60-feet long, articulates at the middle, and has capacity for roughly 118 customers (53 seated and 65 standing). An articulated bus carries more passengers while still being able to navigate city streets effectively. BusPlus amenities like onboard Wi-Fi and USB charging ports allow customers to stay connected during their trips. Additionally, racks on the front of each bus enables multi-modal travel for those connecting to CDTA by bike. Manufactured by New Flyer, in Anniston, Alabama, these buses run on ULSD (Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel), which reduces harmful emissions and particulates.
Branding remains a key component of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The benefits to having a distinct visual identity allow CDTA to ensure customer expectations are met with they see the BusPlus logo and BRT line colors on the pylons and shelters at each of the stations. The same is true of the buses. Like the other BusPlus lines, the new Purple BusPlus buses have their distinct logo and graphics in purple on a silver background, setting them apart from local, fixed route buses in the corridor.
When the Purple Line service launches in November, these 16 new buses will not only be carrying customers where they want to go but with their distinct look they will help draw attention to CDTA's newest transit offering!
For more information on this and other CDTA projects, please visit https://projects.cdta.org/