DOT Announces Winners of National Bus Rapid Transit Vehicle Design Competition
Federal Transit Administration
July 2, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 2, 2001
Contact: Gail Taylor
Tel.: (202) 366-4043
Four designs for high-capacity buses that will soon help to relieve congestion and crowding in cities all across the country were honored recently at a Washington, D.C. ceremony.
Vince Taylor, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Chief of Staff made the presentations to the winning team members.
“Secretary Mineta believes that conservation must be an integral part of making sure our nation has a reasonable energy policy,” said Taylor. “The Bus Rapid Transit Program will conserve fuel, utilize safer buses and offer improved passenger amenities.”
The new style buses, to be used in high-capacity ‘bus rapid transit systems,’ demonstrate how new bus designs can be integrated with imaginative approaches to transit, which better serve communities across America. These new ideas can encourage transit equipment manufacturers, transit operators, and communities to rethink how new vehicle concepts and design might reduce congestion, increase energy efficiency and diminish emissions. Concepts from the winning vehicle bus designs will be integrated into several bus systems throughout the country.
The competition winners in the top four categories included:
In addition to the four top categories, there were eighteen additional awards for a variety of innovative ideas and vehicle design concepts. Winning teams included San Jose State University, Thomas Clarke and Team, DPK&A Architects and Synthesis Design Team, BRT Partnership Behr Browers Architects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Portland State University, B. Tate Selby Architecture and Planning, Appalachian State University, Port Authority of Allegheny County and ENDESCO Team.
The design competition was co-sponsored by Federal Transit Administration and WestStart, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to encouraging the design and implementation of new transportation technologies that are environmentally responsible and improve the quality of life.
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