New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer) — a North American manufacturer of buses, has been awarded a contract by New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) to supply 138 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. The contract is a firm order and is valued at approximately USD 78 million.
Under the terms of the RFP: Delivery of Production Buses must begin no later than April 2017 and be completed no later than October 2017; and these dedicated CNG buses shall have engines designed to provide not less than 300,000 miles or 40,000 hrs. of NYCT service between overhauls. The 40-foot Xcelsior is powered by a Cummins ISL-G 280 (CNG) engine, rated at 900 lb-ft (1220 Nm) @ 1300 rpm for peak torque.
New Flyer has also bid to supply the NYCT with 139 60-foot Xcelsior® buses, the result of which has yet to be advised.
NYCT and MTA Bus Company (together, MTA) comprise the largest transit agency in North America with over 5,700 transit buses in their fleet and an annual ridership of nearly 670 million. New Flyer began building buses for MTA more than two decades ago and to date has built over 1900 buses, of which 1353 are actively in service for MTA today.
(Source: New Flyer Industries)