New Features Include Easier Loading/Unloading, Smoother Ride and Better Climate Control
It’s not enough just to have accessible transportation for disabled passengers. Now, ABQ RIDE is making sure that with its new SunVan purchases, disabled passengers are more comfortable than ever before as they travel.
ABQ RIDE has purchased 40, new SunVans to replace the dependable, but well-worn 2300 and 2600-Series vans that crisscrossed the streets of Albuquerque for years. The new vans are 2012 Universal models from Glaval Bus of Elkhart, Indiana. They feature: raised floors with no wheel wells that can accommodate of 10 passengers and 3 wheelchairs in comfort, a lift at the front of the bus that can load those wheelchairs faster and easier than the older model SunVans, Ford E-350 unleaded-fuel engines that provide a quieter ride for passengers than the older vehicles and quieter, high-capacity air conditioners that offer a more comfortable climate than the older vans ever did.
“ABQ RIDE has purchased a cost-effective SunVan that will provide a quality ride for our SunVan passengers,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “As SunVan ridership continues to increase, these vans are a great addition to our paratransit fleet.”
ABQ RIDE purchased the new SunVans for a little over $3.08 million; a combination of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) money (83%) and City of Albuquerque General Obligation bonds (17%). The Glaval vans were purchased through National Bus Sales. ABQ RIDE will continue to receive them through the end of May.
“I believe that SunVan passengers will really like the greater comfort of these new vans,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE.
Mayor Berry and ABQ RIDE Director Bruce Rizzieri at news conference...
News media check out the new SunVans
Mayor Berry interviewed by KOAT-7