525 with Options, Including as Many as 350 BAE Series HybriDrive Vehicles
New Flyer has disclosed a large order for the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority including a firm order for 175 of the company’s Xcelsior XN40 compressed natural gas buses and 150 XDE40 diesel-electric hybrid buses, with options for an additional 200 XDE40 hybrids over the next five years.
The firm portion of the contract is valued at approximately $223 million, New Flyer with the options (including 200 clean diesel buses) valued at approximately $254 million.
The hybrid buses have HybriDrive brand series powertrains from BAE Systems.
60-Foot BAE-Drive Artics, Too
The MBTA board has also approved the purchase of 60-foot articulated hybrid buses with the BAE drive, says an industry source.
MBTA currently operates a fleet of 1008 heavy-duty transit buses, New Flyer says, 412 of which have been built by New Flyer and 299 of which have been built by NABI/North American Bus Industries, a unit of New Flyer since mid-2013 (F&F, June 21, 2013), “making 70% of the MBTA fleet supported by New Flyer.”
New Flyer notes further that MBTA is 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. MBTA 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.
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Source: New Flyer Industries with Fleets & Fuels follow-up