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www.espar.com /// (800) 387-4800 Espar... Because Off-the-Rack Just Isn't Good Enough Hydronic M-12 42,000 BTU Hydronic D5 17,000 BTU Hydronic LII 122,000 BTU Contact an Espar Tailor Near You And Get Your Fleet Measured for New Heaters Sales Rep Espar Climate Systems a member of the Ebersp├Ącher group of companies through Creative Bus Sales. Te new 40-foot model buses, which were placed into service in April, fea- ture state-of-the-art electronic equip- ment, such as a Next Bus/Next Stop in- tegrated voice announcement system and automatic passenger counters. Te buses also include high-back, reclining passenger seats, overhead parcel racks with individual reading lights and on- board Wi-Fi. (For more vehicle info, see pg. 22). " Intercity routes for m the core of S C T 's ro u t e n e t w o r k , w h i c h s e r v e s a mix or r ural, suburban and urban communities," Albee says. "Many pas- senger trips are in excess of 45 min- utes in length, so the new Axess bus' 24 < m ETRO m AGAZINE AUGUST 2014 metro-magazine.com SONOMA COUNTY TRANSIT [amenities] are welcomed by our pas- sengers." NATURAL GAS FLEET Fixed-route service is provided with 45 heavy-duty CNG coaches and four gasoline-powered minibuses that op- erate on rural-area routes. SCT began its CNG bus program in 1996 with the purchase of 15, 40-foot Orion V bus- es. By 2006, the heavy-duty feet made the transition to natural gas, as all die- sel buses were retired, Albee explains. S CT operates w ithin the jur is dic- tion of two air districts, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pol- lution Control District, which in the m i d - 1 9 9 0 's s u p p o r t e d t h e a g e n c y 's transition to CNG with grant funding programs that encouraged the replace- ment of diesel buses with natural gas buses, Albee explains. The ElDorado National buses feature state- of-the-art equipment such as a Next Bus/ Next Stop integrated voice announcement system and automatic passenger counters.

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