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Lake Transit receives funding for new diesel buses

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LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Lake Transit Authority has received a state funding allocation to assist it with purchasing new buses for its fleet.

The California Transportation Commission last week allocated the agency $718,000 to purchase five diesel-powered buses.

The commission distributed a total of $64 million to 43 projects that will reduce traffic congestion and repair highways, local streets, and bridges.

“We are putting transportation dollars to work supporting jobs and making improvements that will benefit Californians now and for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The allocations include $42 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006, the commission reported.

In total, approximately $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide, according to the commission. The remaining allocations of $22 million came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

Mark Wall, Lake Transit Authority general manager, said they plan to purchase five cleaner burning diesel buses – which he said run more efficiently than gas-powered buses – using the state allocation, which they applied for six years ago.

He said the goal is to combine the $718,000 with $1.3 million in Proposition 1D funds that Lake Transit previously received to purchase heavy duty buses, which he said will hold up better, provide a better ride for passengers and require less maintenance.

The heavy duty buses are what would be seen in larger cities. The buses currently used in the county are considered medium duty, with a seven-year, 200,000 mile lifespan, compared to the 12 years and 400,000 miles possible with heavy duty vehicles, which is important because the buses run a lot of miles in Lake County, he said.

Wall said Lake Transit is part of a consortium being run by the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, which is working on behalf of about 12 transit agencies to get bids on the buses.

Once the bid has been awarded, Wall said Lake Transit can ask the winning contractor to test some of their buses.

The biggest buses Lake Transit currently has are about 30 feet long. Wall said they would like to go up a size, to 35 feet, in order to have more room for passengers.

That's important, because Wall said Lake Transit's ridership has continued to expand.

“Ridership is looking very good,” he said. “It is continuing to grow.”

Lake Transit also is planning to expand its evening service hours, Wall said.

He said it will take about a year and a half to two years to get the new buses in service. In the meantime, they may buy some new medium duty buses to help meet the immediate ridership needs.

Lake Transit's fleet currently has 23 buses. With the addition of the new, heavy duty vehicles, Wall said they should be stocked up on buses.

He said Lake Transit will be doing a new transit development plan this year, and that will set the direction for how they grow and if they need to add any more vehicles in the future.

Other projects around the North Coast that received funds from the commission last week included $20,000 for the construction of sidewalks and bike lanes on School Road between Fisher Road and Salmon Avenue in McKinleyville in Humboldt County.

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Diesel is cleaner
written by Greg_Cornish, January 14, 2013
With the new emissions, new technology and sulpher free diesel, diesel is cleaner. /from the Governments website. Diesel engines are more powerful and fuel-efficient than similar-sized gasoline engines (about 30-35% more fuel efficient).

My wife used to make me turn the car off when I had a gas engine when she got thing from the trunk. Now that I burn diesel she doesn't know its running. Can't even smell it. Besides burning clean they get better mileage and need less maintenance. My larger than full size diesel van gets 22 mpg. My gas driven mini pickup got 17.

Diesel should cost less than gas. If it did, everyone would demand diesel.

BMW is pioneering new diesel technology with an unbelievable 381 horsepower 516 pounds of torque. The six cylinder in my van only get 280 and that's ample.

Watch CARB get involved now and screw things up.
Lake Co Transit Improvements
written by ca215, January 14, 2013
New buses? Good.

Larger buses? Nice; I ride the buses fairly often and have yet to see all seats filled but if some Authority states that larger buses are necessary I suppose there is nothing Joe or Jane Citizen can do about that.

Now how about adding very much needed (sorry but I don't know the techese which describes what I'm aiming for) new concrete "pads" or whatever the term is for boarding and disembarking electronic powerchairs/ scooters' users?
The need for additional pads is huge.

Willl the larger new buses also mean that the bus-boarding-and-leaving passengers who supplement the use of buses with scooters or powerchairs will require larger-than-current pads or whatever the things are called, or will the pad size need to be increased at all?

I'm guessing the answer to my own question is "no" and certainly hope the guess is right; better we should see the installation of needed boarding/leaving pads without increasing the size of the pads over what is available now.

Please pay attention to bus passengers who use powerchairs or scooters. Better yet, speak to a few of the people. Ask if they feel there are sufficient pads or fit the needs of the chair- and bus-dependent passengers.

And, guest, thank you for your comment regarding diesel fuel. I do not drive any sort of vehicle besides my powerchair but have noticed when riding in a friends' car which gets "stuck" behind a diesel-powered truck, a much more noxious stench than that of passenger cars using any one of three differing grades of gasoline.

Side note: a few years ago there was much speechifying about extracting automobile fuel from corn. Then some "expert" claimed a shortage of corn which could be made somehow into fuel. POOF!, the touting of corn products as fuel for vehicles presently burning gasoline, diesel, propane seems to have vanished from the adverrtising chunk of tv and/or radio time.

So. If there is a present shortage of corn, why do I see advertising claiming that dried corn cobs, crumbled and subjected to other processing of some sort, makes really good KITTY LITTER?
Can't be enough to convert to something that would make cars run efficiently and with lower cost than Gasoline but oh sure, go ahead and make corn into cats' sandbox filller. (And I'll bet that fussy cats won't accept the corn product being substituted for whatever is being used for Indoor cats.)

Don't believe me? Ask a cat. Seems to me that it would be better for drying and storing corn cobs and using the dried cobs as a sort of wood-burning stove or fireplace kindling.

Diesel is "cleaner"?
written by a guest, January 14, 2013
You're kidding me? Those black smoke belching monsters? How about a "greener" solution?

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