9 July 2010
RTD Denver received word yesterday that they will receive $5.2 million through the US Department of Transportation’s Bus & Bus Facilities Discretionary Grant Program to replace 8 mall shuttles!
The new shuttles will be built by DesignLine of Charlotte, North Carolina. They’ll be branded, just like the current mall shuttles – the exterior branding design is still undecided though, so that’s why the rendering is simply white. They will employ a state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system and produce about 90% less exhaust emissions over the current shuttles, take advantage of a regeneration feature – a process in which electricity is generated by taking advantage of frequent braking action along the mall. This way, the shuttles can operate in electric zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mode about 50% of the time. Last, but certainly not least, these new shuttles will have both heating and air conditioning, as well as the unique Rapid Sliding door systems from Ventura Systems.
You should start seeing new mall shuttles out on 16th Street sometime next year.