MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, provides more than $105 billion in funding for surface transportation projects in 2013 and 2014. Of that total, $420 million has been authorized for capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and bus-related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities in 2013. In anticipation of a substantial increase in new bus orders as a result of this additional funding, Rotary Lift reminds transit agencies that when they order new buses, they may also need to order new adapters for their vehicle lifts to properly service the new vehicles.
“Lifting points on buses are constantly changing, even within a single model,” explains Doug Spiller, Rotary Lift heavy-duty product manager. “Buses are getting lower, and manufacturers frequently change the axles, suspensions and drivetrains of their vehicles without changing model numbers. As a result, two buses that appear to be identical from the street may be significantly different underneath. The same adapters that work for one bus may not safely connect with the lifting points on a new bus, which may require different adapters for proper lifting.”
Rotary Lift offers third-party-certified lightweight adapters, many of which are compatible with the company’s patented universal style lifting saddle for inground lifts. Rotary Lift will also customize adapters for customers as needed.
The easiest way for transit fleet managers to make sure they have the proper adapters to service their new buses is to work with a local lift distributor. Spiller suggests contacting a local distributor to come in once the first demo bus arrives. The distributor can examine the demo bus and order the right lift adapters to be installed before the entire fleet of new vehicles is delivered. For additional information, fleets can also request Rotary Lift’s Adapter Selection Guide.