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Miami-Dade Transit Expects Electrification to Increase Fuel Efficiency by 25 Percent

-- Agency will receive Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award --


Miami, Fla., March 2, 2011 - In an innovative move to improve energy efficiency and reduce operational costs, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), the nation's 14th largest public transit system, has electrified key accessories on 13 new county buses. Leaders expect the electrified buses to be 25 percent more fuel efficient.


MDT is one of the nation's first transit agencies to electrify bus accessories. Leaders chose the upgrades to provide a comfortable ride for the agency's more than 70 million annual bus passengers, reduce costs and demonstrate the county's commitment to environmentally aware solutions.


The agency formally committed to improving operational and energy efficiency throughout the county in May 2009. In recognition of that commitment, MDT will receive the "Energy Efficiency Leader Award" from ThermoKing, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, later this week.


Details of the award presentation:

Chris Casazza, president of Thermo King North America, will present the award to Harpal S. Kapoor, director, MDT.

The awards presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. on March 3 at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139.

The event will be held in conjunction with the MiaGreen Conference, the major green professional event in the Americas. One of the electrified buses will be onsite at the awards presentation.


"By electrifying accessories on MDT buses, we are saving money and operating our buses more efficiently," said Harpal S. Kapoor, director of MDT. "This also reflects our long-term commitment to increasing sustainability for our community."


Florida's largest public transit agency, MDT has 817 buses in its total fleet, including 25 New Flyer 60-foot diesel/electric hybrids and 13 NABI 40-foot diesel/electric hybrids with electrified accessories. In March 2011, the addition of five new 40-foot Gillig diesel/electric hybrids with electrified accessories will bring the hybrid fleet to 43 buses and the total fleet to 822 buses. All buses in the fleet use biodiesel fuel and are programmed for automatic idle shutdown.


The electrified accessories include the propulsion system; the radiator fans; and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Electric power steering will be added when the manufacturer makes it available.


The agency initiated the electrification process on a trial bus in early 2010. When the pilot proved successful, the agency electrified eight additional buses. In April 2011, the last five electrified buses will be in service. Based on the anticipated savings, the county expects to recoup its investment in the new technology within four years.


In 2010, as part of its effort to implement environmentally conscious initiatives, MDT also committed to purchasing only hybrid buses in the future. Over the next five years, the agency plans to electrify other bus components such as power steering, doors, air compressors, wheelchair ramps, etc.


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.


Metrobus provides bus service throughout Miami-Dade County, and some parts of Monroe and Broward counties, on 94 routes. Metrobus has a fleet size of 817 buses. Metrorail is a 22-mile elevated system with 136 vehicles, and 22 stations. It provides approximately 180 trips daily. 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 (STS) provides approximately 130,000 trips on a monthly basis.


About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands - including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® - work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Thermo King manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit


Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.


Joan Schimml, Thermo King, a brand of Ingersoll Rand 
Joan Schimml