DART Gets First Look at New CNG Buses

First buses to be delivered in October

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Feb 6, 2012  |  Updated 10:37 AM CDT
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DART Gets First Look at New CNG Buses

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The first of more than 450 buses is scheduled to arrive in October.

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North Texans are still several months away from seeing them on the street, but Dallas Area Rapid Transit went recently got a preview of their new buses.

The new buses are being manufactured by North American Bus Industries in Alabama. DART president and executive director Gary Thomas showed off the new bus, and some of it's key features, in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

The new buses will run on compressed natural gas (CNG), have five security cameras and have low-floor access and ramps instead of wheelchair lifts.  The buses have a better air conditioning system than current models and use composite flooring instead of wood for a much smoother ride.  Additionally, the buses are outfitted with onboard, real-time next stop information.

DART ordered 459 of the buses, the first of which will arrive in October.  The other 458 buses will arrive over the course of the next year.

The buses are expected to cost about $330 million, the Dallas Morning News reported last year.

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