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For Immediate Release:
March 09, 2011

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Karla Damian


Miami-Dade Transit receives Energy Efficiency Leader Award

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) recently was awarded the Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award for its commitment to improving fuel efficiency by electrifying accessories in its diesel-electric hybrid buses.

In an innovative move to improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs, MDT, the nation's 14th largest public transit system, has electrified key accessories on 13 new county buses - becoming one of the first transit agencies in the nation to electrify bus accessories. This modification is expected to make the buses 25 percent more fuel efficient.

"By electrifying accessories, like the air conditioning system in our buses, we're not only operating our buses more efficiently, but also demonstrating our long-term commitment to increasing sustainability by improving fuel economy," said Harpal S. Kapoor, MDT director.

The department currently operates 38 hybrid buses of which 25 are articulated buses. In April 2011, MDT will be the first transit agency to place in service five diesel-electric Gillig buses with advanced hybrid technology featuring a beltless alternator, where the bus's electrical system pulls power from the hybrid batteries.

About Miami-Dade Transit
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) is the 14th largest public transit system in the nation and the largest in Florida. Miami-Dade Transit operates four transportation modes: Metrobus, Metrorail, Metromover and Special Transportation Service (STS).

Metrobus provides bus service throughout Miami-Dade County, and some parts of Monroe and Broward counties. Metrobus has a fleet size of 817 buses. Metrorail is a 22-mile elevated system with 136 vehicles, and 22 stations. Metromover is a fully automated people mover system consisting of 4.4 miles of elevated guideway with 21 stations. It offers convenient access to a variety of government, businesses, entertainment and cultural centers in the downtown Miami, Omni and Brickell areas. Special Transportation Service provides approximately 130,000 trips on a monthly basis. For more information about MDT, visit

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From left to right: Chris Casazza, Jasvinder Singh


From left to right: Chris Casazza, Jasvinder Singh, Martin Duffy, Susanne M. Torriente

Chris Casazza, president of Thermo King North America, presents to Jasvinder Singh, Miami-Dade Transit's general superintendent of bus maintenance, the Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award.

At the MiaGreen Expo & Conference in Miami Beach are (from left to right): Chris Casazza, president of Thermo King North America, Jasvinder Singh, MDT general superintendent of bus maintenance, Martin Duffy, vice president, global bus and rail heating, ventilation and air conditioning at Thermo King, and Susanne M. Torriente, director of Miami-Dade County's Office of Sustainability.


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