New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of Canadian bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer), is to supply Regional Transportation Commission of Las Vegas (RTC) in Southern Nevada 55 40-foot and 60-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) Xcelsior® buses under options exercised as part of a March 2015 contract.
RTC is both the transit authority and the transportation-planning agency for Southern Nevada and specifically Las Vegas. Its mandate includes identification of transportation challenges and implementation of short and long-term resolutions, while simultaneously promoting sustainability, air quality improvement, enhanced mobility and increased quality of life in the region.
Specifically, RTC will exercise options for 30 Xcelsior CNG 40-foot buses and 25 60-foot CNG Xcelsior buses.
In July last year, RTC was recognized by the Las Vegas Business Press for its green initiatives in the public agency category. Presented with the “Green Award,” the RTC took home the trophy for its continued commitment to creating a “quicker, cleaner, greener” Southern Nevada by transitioning its entire fleet to more compressed natural gas (CNG) transit vehicles. That meant committing to purchasing up to 305 CNG vehicles by 2022. At the time RTC stated that transitioning its entire transit fleet to CNG, including its Paratransit vehicles, will have both significant environmental and economic benefits. Operating at one-third the cost of a diesel-powered vehicle, CNG vehicles cost approximately 65 cents per mile to operate versus $1.50 per mile.
(Sources: RTC and New Flyer)