ABQ Ride, the Albuquerque, New Mexico transit agency, will add 35 new 40-foot hybrid-electric buses to the city fleet in 2007. ABQ Ride will also purchase six hybrids for the Rapid Ride routes.
The additional 41 hybrids will bring the total in the ABQ Ride fleet to 53—the agency brought in 12 GM-Allison hybrids in 2004. (Earlier post.) Hybrids will then represent 36% of the 148-vehicle fleet.
ABQ Ride expects the 40-foot, diesel-electric hybrids to get 4.5 miles per gallon, compared with 3.2 miles per gallon for the old buses they will replace. Estimated cost per unit is $550,000, or 29 percent more than the $425,000 for a diesel version of the same vehicle. The first 12 hybrids cost $670,000 apiece.
ABQ Ride will purchase the new buses with $25 million set aside to upgrade to the fleet. The city will review bids for the buses beginning on 18 October. The new buses should arrive in late 2007.