Complete Coach Works (CCW) recently announced that it has been awarded a $275,000 contract to provide a refurbished 40-foot Gillig transit bus for Lane Transit District (Lane Transit).
“Operating a refurbished bus reflects the district’s commitment to sustainability and to responsibly steward the tax dollars it receives from the community,” Aurora Jackson, Lane Transit’s general manager, said. “We look forward to a CCW refurbished 40-foot Gillig safely and comfortably transporting riders commuting aboard the LTD sponsored Diamond Express to and from Oakridge, as well as the rest of the metro area.”
By purchasing a remanufactured bus, Lane Transit will receive a fully renovated bus for about half the cost of a new bus. Depending on its condition, a transit bus can cost $275,000 to refurbish compared to approximately over $500,000 for a brand-new bus. A complete restoration is not only cost-effective, but a retrofit bus takes a fraction of the time to deliver in months, not years. Refurbished buses are easier to process as parts and staff are immediately available.
The bus will be equipped with a Cummins ISL Recon engine and rebuilt Allison B400R transmission. CCW is performing a multitude of specialized services to the bus, such as an upgrade to the bus cooling system, with the installation of a new all-electric cooling package. Other services CCW is providing includes replacing of suspension components, replacing of all wear items, installing new floors, rebuilding windows, and updating all original lighting to a modern LED system.
The refurbished Gillig transit bus will be a welcome reliable addition to Lane Transit’s fleet. Choosing a refurbished bus is a highly economical choice for managing fleet age as it relates to ridership growth.
“It is a privilege working with Lane Transit,” CCW Regional Manager Jim Paul said. “We are confident that they will be very proud of their new refurbished bus.”