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Report ID: 23-520   
Type: Consent
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/8/2023 Final action: 11/8/2023
Recommended Action: Consider authorizing the General Manager, or his designee, to execute documents through Washington State Transit Bus Cooperative Contract, to purchase fifty (50) forty-foot diesel buses from Gillig LLC of Livermore, CA. Staff Contact: Salvador Llamas, Chief Operating Officer
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer
SUBJECT: Purchase Fifty (50) Forty-Foot Gillig Diesel Buses

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AGENDA PLANNING REQUEST: ?

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider authorizing the General Manager, or his designee, to execute documents through Washington State Transit Bus Cooperative Contract, to purchase fifty (50) forty-foot diesel buses from Gillig LLC of Livermore, CA.

Staff Contact:
Salvador Llamas, Chief Operating Officer
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Safe and Secure Operations
Initiative - Service Quality

These new diesel buses will enhance service quality, by replacing older and higher polluting diesel buses currently in the fleet that have exceeded their useful life. Purchasing additional newer diesel buses is part of the District's Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) Transition Plan, provided to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as required by the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) regulation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

The purchase of the fifty (50) diesel buses is expected to cost approximately $35 million. The purchase is funded by $32 million of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and bridge toll funds through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Transit Capital Priorities Program, as well as the State of Good Repair (SGR) Program. The remaining required $3 million will be funded by District Capital funds.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

The purchase of diesel buses is part of the District's fleet plan and replaces buses that have exceeded their useful life. Further, replacing older buses with new buses equipped with modern technology enhances fleet efficiency, reduces operating expenses, and brings the District closer to achieving the FTA-mandated Transit Asset Management (TAM) targets. The District currently has 69 buses beyond their useful life and the purchase of these 50 buses will reduce maintenance costs, impro...

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