325 CNG and Hybrid Buses to MBTA, 85 Hybrids for Seattle
New Flyer has notched large orders for compressed natural gas and hybrid buses. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reports that its board has approved the purchase of 325 forty-foot buses for $222.2 million. Separately, New Flyer said that Seattle’s King County Metro has exercised options worth $130 million for 138 buses, including 85 of the company’s 60-foot XDE60 diesel-fueled Xcelsior hybrids.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to get 150 new forty-foot hybrid and 175 new forty-foot CNG buses, says procurement director Jerry Polcari.
“This is a major step in the process in modernizing the MBTA’s bus fleet and provides an important resource for millions of commuters who rely on the T every day,” Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a release.
Delivery of the new buses for MBTA is to commence in July 2016, “with all buses in service by June 2017,” the agency said.
New Trolley Buses for Seattle Too
In Washington, in addition to the 85 new hybrids, King County is to get 24 XT40 and nine XT60 electric-trolley buses, and 20 sixty-foot XD60 diesel vehicles, New Flyer says.
“New Flyer has been building buses for King County Metro since 1999 and has delivered nearly 1,000 buses in a variety of lengths and propulsion systems,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in his firm’s announcement. New Flyer noted that King County has the fourth largest transit bus fleet in the United States with more than 1,500 vehicles.
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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up