Greater Lafayette Public Transit Leads Multi-Agency Purchase
New Flyer of America said today that a consortium of transit agencies led by the Greater Lafayette Public Transit Corporation (CityBus) has agreed to purchase as many as 159 of its Xcelsior and MiDi buses over the next five years.
The Xcelsior bus buys will include options for 35-foot, 40-foot or 60-foot models powered by ultra-clean diesel, diesel-electric hybrid buses and compressed natural gas, New Flyer said, while the MiDi bus purchases will include options 30-foot ultra-clean diesel and CNG configurations.
In addition to Lafayette City bus, which operates 24 routes serving a ridership of approximately 5.2 million passengers annually, the participating agencies are
- the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in Illinois, with an all-New Flyer bus fleet providing over 12 million rides per year;
- Rock Island Quad Cities MetroLINK, also in Illinois, with 55 routes with an annual ridership of 3.5 million passengers;
- South Bend Transpo of Indiana, with 20 routes providing 2.5 million rides annually; and
- Santa Rosa CityBus of California, with 55 routes and 2.8 millions trips per year.
“This contract reflects a developing trend of transit bus procurements where a number of agencies work cooperatively through a joint procurement to acquire buses,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in today’s announcement.
‘Effective and Flexible’
“For the agencies, it utilizes a federally funded framework that provides an effective and a flexible vehicle to renew their bus fleet over time,” Soubry said.
“For New Flyer it provides us with an opportunity to support our customers across a variety of platforms and propulsion systems.”
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Source: New Flyer of America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up