MTA unveils quiet, cleaner bus on crosstown route
It's smooth, sleek and simply “revolutionary,” according to transit officials.The MTA rolled out its newest bus earlier this week that promises to offer a quiet, more environmentally-friendly ride and cut down on maintenance costs, officials said Thursday.“Nothing is as smooth as this bus,” said Andrew Albert, a MTA board member. “It's very quiet and it doesn't jerk.”The turbine-powered bus began running Monday on the M42 line along 42nd Street as part of a three-month test. The MTA expects to roll out seven additional models on other crosstown Manhattan routes in October.The buses’ low floors make it easier for passengers to enter, and it is less jerky than some other hybrids, Albert said. Riders moving to the back will have to step up to a second tier to sit, as with the agency’s current hybrids.“People don’t like to use that area. It’s a problem,” said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA.The bus uses a futuristic engine and it never requires an oil change. It meets 2010 EPA emission standards, officials said.The MTA tested a similar bus in Queens and Manhattan in 2007. The agency only received a model built to local speculations this year, a NYC Transit spokesman said. The MTA will make recommendations to the Charlotte company before ordering up to 90 additional buses. Transit officials could not provide a cost for the contract Thursday.