Millennium Transit Services, LLC
is a bus manufacturer formed in 2003 to take over the former NovaBus manufacturing plant in Roswell, New Mexico
Roswell is a city in and the county seat of Chaves County in the southeastern quarter of the state of New Mexico, United States. The population was 48,366 at the 2010 census. It is a center for irrigation farming, dairying, ranching, manufacturing, distribution, and petroleum production. It is also...
. The company was largely made up of former NovaBus employees and financed by the city of Roswell, the State of New Mexico, and Pioneer Bank.
On July 27, 2005, the company announced its first major order — 68 transit and 221 suburban buses for New Jersey Transit
The New Jersey Transit Corporation is a statewide public transportation system serving the United States state of New Jersey, and New York, Orange, and Rockland counties in New York State...
. Full delivery of this order was expected to commence late in the third quarter of 2006, however due to "the inability to obtain necessary funds", the order was canceled.http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2007/08/23/2883355.htm
All of the buses built for New Jersey Transit thus far were rejected and resold to Foxwoods Resort Casino (5 transit buses), Somerset County Transportation (Somerset County, New Jersey
Somerset County is a county located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. In 2010, the population was 323,444. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. Its county seat is Somerville....
) (1 transit bus and 1 suburban bus), and Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas . It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The sixth-largest university in the United States, A&M's enrollment for Fall 2011 was over 50,000 for the first time in school...
(25 transit buses).
Along with the New Jersey Transit order, MTS had secured the first order from the City of El Paso, Texas to convert 25 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
Transportation Manufacturing Corporation was a bus manufacturer based in Roswell, New Mexico.The company was formed in 1974 by Greyhound Bus Lines to manufacture Motor Coach Industries vehicles...
-built RTS buses from diesel to clean-burning CNG. The second was from Pueblo Transit
Pueblo Transit is the public transportation operator for the metro area of Pueblo, Colorado. Formed in 1971 after a previous public-private transportation alliance went bankrupt, the agency provides 11 routes...
for 2 transit buses. The New Jersey Transit order was actually the third order for MTS. Other orders included those from Santa Fe Trails
Santa Fe Trails is the local transit agency in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe Trails operates eight bus routes which serve most areas of the city...
and Beaumont Municipal Transit System
The Beaumont Municipal Transit System is the primary provider of mass transportation in Jefferson County, Texas. Five routes are operated from Monday through Saturday. All routes terminate at Dannebaum Station, a historic railroad depot that was redesigned in 2000.-Routes:*1/6 Magnolia/Refinery*2/7...
. Both of those orders have since been canceled.
On February 26, Millennium suspended production of its buses in order to do a full inventory of its Roswell facility.http://www.kobtv.com/index.cfm?viewer=storyviewer&id=30658&cat=NMTOPSTORIES
The factory reopened in the summer of 2007, however, Millennium has failed to win any significant orders after the cancellation of the orders from the aforementioned transit authorities.
On August 29, 2008, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Chapter 11 is a chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which permits reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. Chapter 11 bankruptcy is available to every business, whether organized as a corporation or sole proprietorship, and to individuals, although it is most...
. The company has since cleared Chapter 11 and is poised to return back to the bus manufacturing market in full production.
The Rapid Transit Series bus is a long-running series of transit buses originally manufactured by General Motors and is currently produced by Millennium Transit Services as the RTS Legend. Millennium had produced the buses from 2006 until it shut down production in 2009, only to be bought back...
Legend (High floor, narrow or wide front door. Transit variation. Offered in 30, 32½, 35, 37½, and 40 foot lengths.)
- RTS Express (High floor, narrow or wide front door. Suburban/Coach variation. Offered in 30, 32½, 35, 37½, 40, and 42½ foot lengths.)
- RTS Extreme (Low floor, wide front door. Will be offered in 32½, 35, 40, and 42½ foot lengths in 2012.)