This past August was very kind to the buses in the MTA’s ever growing fleet as it set a record for reliability for the month. New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue has more in this very brief report:
MTA buses set a reliability record last month, traveling more miles without mechanical problems than any other August on record, transit officials said.
Buses in the MTA’s biggest division, NYC Transit, traveled an average of 4,500 miles before needing repair.
The feat is especially impressive because the average age of the fleet is the oldest since 1996, said Joseph Smith, vice president in charge of buses.
Buses take an unusual beating, moving slowly due to traffic even as key components – such as cooling systems – require a faster pace to operate at peak efficiency and to endure as designed, Smith said.
The record was achieved through an aggressive preventative maintenance program, Smith said.
“If I had said, 25 years ago when the system was on its knees, that we would be able to achieve the record mechanical reliability we have accomplished today in the MTA’s bus operations, I would have been accused of engaging in fantasy, or worse,” MTA CEO Elliot Sander said.
“This is an extraordinary testament to the investment the public has made in our system.”
Lets hope the MTA can keep up this line of quality while dealing with the current & future rough financial roads.
xoxo Transit Blogger