ElDorado National has begun offering a 9.3-liter MaxxForce® diesel engine in its E-Z Rider II paratransit bus, giving bus fleets a new option in clean diesel power for the demanding duty cycles of public transportation. Pace, the suburban bus division of Chicago-area Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), recently ordered the first MaxxForce-powered E-Z Rider II bus.
The MaxxForce 9 engine provides 300 horsepower and 860 pound-foot torque for demanding transit applications. The 32-foot low-floor E-Z Rider II, with a 35,000-pound GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), features heavy-duty Meritor axles, large S-cam air brakes, and a transit-proven and crash-tested monocoque safety cage. Together, the engine and paratransit bus are engineered for reliability and durability to meet demanding, real-world operating conditions year after year.
“ElDorado is committed to being America’s best bus investment, and that now extends to giving our customers a choice of diesel engines,” said Tony Wayne, president, ElDorado National California. “This allows fleet operators to more carefully weigh decisions concerning operating costs, uptime and service support.”
RTA’s Pace, one of the largest bus services in North America, serves more than 35 million riders a year throughout a 3,700-square-mile area covering six Chicago-area counties. It operates fixed bus routes, vanpools and dial-a-ride programs. Its vehicle fleet includes 372 paratransit buses.