New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer), manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, will supply 17 40-foot NABI LFW and 46 duty 40-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), after the bus company exercised purchase options.
DART provides Dallas and 12 surrounding cities in Texas with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make trips fast, comfortable and economical. It currently has a fleet of 652 buses, servicing 12,000 bus stops in 13 cities across a 700-square-mile service area with annual ridership of some 38 million passengers. The buses exercised in this option will be used to expand DART’s growing ridership needs.
“These buses are part of our fleet renewal and represent our commitment to deliver the best possible customer experience for the tens of thousands of North Texans who make riding a DART bus a daily part of their lives,” DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas said.
“DART exercising these options demonstrates the strong relationship that we’ve built together and we feel privileged to continue to work with them by providing these additional environmentally friendly CNG buses,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer Industries.
In 2011, DART announced a three-year project to deploy 452 new CNG buses and 200 CNG paratransit vehicles as fleet replacements.