Auburn University launches new and improved fleet of Tiger Transit buses

Published: August 23, 2021
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Auburn University has begun the launch of a new and improved fleet of Tiger Transit buses, transporting the Auburn Family in style with additional passenger space and such amenities as free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports at each seat.

The new, larger buses—which sport an updated design complete with an image of Auburn mascot Aubie peeking out of a back window—carry an expected life span of at least 12 years. The fuel-efficient vehicles began hitting the streets around campus just prior to the fall 2021 semester and are expected to be in full operation by the beginning of October. At that time, older Tiger Transit buses should be completely phased out and a total of 58 of the newer buses should be in operation.

“Auburn University Transportation Services is extremely excited about seeing these new buses in service and hearing the reaction of not only our student passengers, but the community at large,” said Associate Director of Transportation Services Chris Harris. “We are very appreciative of everyone that was involved in getting us the funding and allowing us the opportunity to bring this upgraded bus fleet to Auburn University and hope everyone enjoys the ride.”

The hybrid-electric buses conserve fuel with the use of geofencing technology—which allows the engine of the bus to cut off and run on a battery charge when entering the “green zone” on central campus property. When not using a battery, the buses run on fuel-efficient, zero-emissions diesel, with a new exhaust design that reduces noise.

All buses include Global Positioning System, or GPS, trackers, allowing passengers to view their movement in real time by downloading the TransLoc app for both Apple and Android devices.

Though the new buses have fewer seats, they are able to hold 10 to 12 more passengers than the previous buses due to a wider area for standing. Students, faculty and staff are to enter through the front door of the new buses and exit through a side door located midway down—a design that eases a passenger’s entry and exit from the bus.

The new fleet is equipped to announce stops while in route, alerting passengers of when a bus is approaching each stop. The new buses are also equipped with a fold-out ramp that allows for greater access for those in a wheelchair, on crutches, using a walker or in need of other mobility accommodations.

In addition to servicing students, faculty and staff, the new Tiger Transit fleet will likewise continue providing Auburn fans transportation to Auburn football games via special gameday routes, with past pickup locations remaining unchanged. Passengers are reminded that, per university policy, anyone riding Tiger Transit is required to wear a face covering amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More information about Tiger Transit is available on the website.

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