GRANDE WEST VICINITY BUS ON THE US MARKET
Grande West was formed in 2008 to design and develop a 27.5 foot bus, known as the "Vicinity." With little competition in the "mid-size" bus range, Grande West has set itself apart from others with its Vicinity bus - a heavy duty mid-size, true community transit bus.
The Vicinity is designed with affordability, accessibility and global responsibility in mind. It costs half the amount as a 40 foot transit bus, burns less fuel, emits less harmful environment emissions and achieves a life span twice as long as cut-away buses with less maintenance costs. In a large and unsaturated market, Grande West is poised to capture growth in both the replacement of cut-away buses and better bus size utilization on transit routes across Canada and the United States.
Initial deliveries of 15 Vicinity buses occurred in August 2013 to BC Transit. Currently production is underway for 12 Vicinity buses, resulting from recent sales efforts. For marketing and customer testing, 3 Vicinity demonstration buses are also in the current production run including a new 30 foot model for the Ontario market and for airport shuttle bus applications.
Grande West Transportation Group recently announced the completion of testing of its Vicinity 30 foot model buses in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus Test Program at Altoona, Pa. The Vicinity was tested for the maximum allowable 12- year durability testing.
U.S. regulations require all new bus models used for mass transportation revenue service and purchased with FTA funds to complete an Altoona Test. The primary focus of the test program evaluates the structural durability and integrity, reliability, performance, maintainability, safety, noise and fuel economy.