New Flyer of America Inc., a transit bus and motor coach manufacturer, is to supply 100 heavy-duty 40-foot New Flyer Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) buses to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The 100 options valued at approximately USD 56 million were exercised off a contract signed in June, 2013.
To date, 500 buses have been exercised off this contract of which 329 have already been delivered to WMATA and 75 XDE40 or 60-foot buses remain to be exercised.
The buses will be deployed to support the Priority Corridor Network (PCN) focused on improving service of 24 of the busiest routes that today serve half of WMATA’s 440,000 daily riders. New Flyer’s best in class Xcelsior buses will add over 100,000 new daily rides to the PCN and is expected to save each passenger up to 50 percent on their typical travel time.
WMATA currently provides over 2.3 million trips to over 4 million residents every year, with a predicted increase in fleet size from 1,505 buses in 2013 to 2,060 by 2025.
New Flyer of America Inc., is a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.
(Source: New Flyer)