In an effort to provide our core customer base with a complete product line enabling our individual
customers to have the opportunity to purchase all their transit products from one source,
Millennium Transit has committed to introducing the new RTS Extreme (low entry) bus.
The new low entry project includes designs for a 32.5-foot, 35-foot, 40-foot and 42.5-foot low floor bus utilizing a T-drive engine
configuration. The RTS Extreme design incorporates a similar design philosophy as the RTS Legend,
using a welded, modular stainless steel body construction. The major objectives of the new bus
design are to meet customer requirements including a more conventional rear centered T-drive
engine offering, at a lower cost than comparable competitive products and provide larger engines, no
rear facing seats and an increase in passenger seating capacity. The RTS Extreme is a standard rear
drive high floor with a lowered middle and front section of the bus. This lowered area allows the
benefits of the low floor entry and exit, but also the standard driveline equipment. Management is
utilizing a product development program that incorporates a gate approval process.
The program involves stages where prototypes are designed and built and preliminary performance tests are
conducted on the durability test track and on select customer routes. Customer feedback sessions
will be held and market surveys conducted to ensure key customer acceptance and retention for the
new product. The project includes review of documentation and testing data, vendor involvement
startup, testing completion, production documentation development, quality standards, prototype
builds and final reviews. Millennium Transit's strategy is to partner with a valued customer for the
final testing and approval of the design.
Millennium Transit and the customer will agree to a
pre-determined period of time to operate the vehicle on a test basis. The customer will be involved
in the design review process during development of the vehicle as well as post-delivery reviews. The
company has begun the development of the RTS Extreme.