Denver’s New Mall Shuttle Completes FTA Testing
November 23, 1999
For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Szilagyi, CEO, (303) 382-1041, Transportation Techniques, LLC, (“TransTeq”) announced today that its EcoMark 45 foot, 116 passenger, hybrid electric bus has become the first vehicle of its kind to complete the Federal Transit Administration’s bus testing program in Altoona, Pennsylvania and is heading home to Denver. The “Altoona” testing covers the seven major areas of structural integrity, performance, maintainability, noise, fuel economy, reliability and safety.
TransTeq was contracted by Denver’s Regional Transportation District (“RTD”) to design from a “clean sheet of paper” the advanced technology EcoMark bus. TransTeq will provide RTD a fleet of 36 EcoMark buses for $15 million. These vehicles will service over 50,000 RTD passengers daily on downtown Denver’s renowned 16th Street Mall.
In addition to being the largest hybrid electric bus ever produced, the EcoMark provides greatly reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency, a twenty-hour operating range and a fifty percent increase in passenger capacity. The EcoMark has over thirty innovative features to enhance the rider’s experience, improve safety, limit emissions and minimize operation and maintenance costs. Passengers enjoy both a spacious cabin and the ease in boarding resulting from four doors and a low flat floor throughout the bus. Drivers appreciate the smooth, powerful performance the vehicles two 220 HP electric motors provide. Mechanics welcome the ease of service designed into the EcoMark. Everyone likes the improved air quality.
TransTeq’s CEO Paul Szilagyi said, “We are very pleased to complete the FTA testing and achieve another first with the EcoMark. We are excited to begin delivery of production buses to Denver’s RTD and to helping others reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the passenger experience.”
Denver based TransTeq is an entrepreneurial company that designs, develops and manufactures advanced technology, environmentally superior, hybrid electric vehicles. In addition to making Denver a worldwide center for this technology, TransTeq is working with Mayor Wellington Webb and the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training to create good paying manufacturing jobs in North Denver’s enterprise zone.