Alexander Dennis Enviro200 starts six-month revenue trial with MARTA

Sept. 30, 2019
The 30-foot midibus will run on MARTA’s circulator and connector routes.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MART) will receive an Enviro200 from Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) for a six-month revenue trial, according to an announcement from ADL.

The 30-foot midibus will run on MARTA’s circulator and connector routes and is expected to be in service for over 20 hours per day, seven days a week. ADL and MARTA collaborated in the preparation of this joint trial and the manufacturer built the Enviro200 to the agency’s specification to enable its performance to be fully verified.

While there are a handful of 30-foot buses in MARTA’s current fleet, it mainly consists of more than 600, 40-foot, heavy-duty transit buses. According to ADL, the agency will need more smaller buses for its future fleet.

The ADL Enviro200 is manufactured in Indiana and is fully buy America compliant and Altoona-tested. According to ADL, there are close to 20,000 produced globally, and is already in service with U.S. transit agencies from Charleston, S. C., to Philadelphia, Penn., Omaha, Neb., and Manchester, N.H.

During the six-month trial, MARTA will benefit from comprehensive manufacturer support through the ADL aftermarket organization as well as the wider NFI Group. NFI acquired ADL in May 2019 to form a global independent bus and coach manufacturer that supports 105,000 vehicles.

“We have worked with MARTA in the past on double decker verification and ridership acceptance, and we are delighted to continue this strong collaboration with this comprehensive trial of our Enviro200 midibus,” said Ollie Nielsen, sales director eastern region, ADL. “The Enviro200 is a robust yet efficient and maneuverable solution for transit services that comes with the reassurance of 12-year Altoona testing and the full support of the market-leading NFI Group.”