New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., and manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, reports being awarded a contract by Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA) in Boston which includes a firm order for 175 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, model XN40. The award was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors.
In terms of daily ridership, the MBTA remains the fifth largest mass transit system in the United States serving a population of over 4.8 million people in 176 cities and towns, with an area of 3,249 square miles. To carry out its mission it maintains 183 bus routes, two of which are bus rapid transit lines, three rapid transit lines, five light rail routes, four trackless trolley lines, and 13 commuter rail routes. The average weekday ridership for the entire system is approximately 1.27 million passenger trips.
“This award builds on the successful partnership that we have developed with MBTA” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Flyer. “We are proud to have our best-in-class Xcelsior bus selected yet again by MBTA to operate in their challenging and diverse operating environment. These new Xcelsior buses will be used to replace portions of the MBTA fleet that have reached the end of their useful life.”
(Source: New Flyer)