425 Buses for Via in San Antonio, 100 Buses for Houston Metro
Volvo’s Nova Bus unit announced the sale of 425 compressed natural gas-fueled buses to Via Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio and an additional 100 CNG buses to the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County – Houston Metro.
Via is getting all 40-footers, whereas Houston Metro is getting 80 Nova LFS straight buses, and 20 LFS Artic articulated vehicles – these in addition to 70 articulated buses purchased from Nova Bus in 2014.
The 425 vehicles for Via “are the greenest ever,” Nova Bus says, with “a complete suite of technological systems including GPS, passenger counter, camera system, and public information video screens.
‘A New Generation of Natural Gas-Powered Buses’
“The Nova Bus CNG vehicles define a new generation of natural gas-powered buses with substantial fuel savings,” states a release.
Via this past summer announced a seven-compressor Love’s-Trillium CNG station said to be the “largest CNG dispensing facility in the U.S.” (F&F, August 16).
“This is another milestone in our history of partnership for excellence in public transportation in Texas using vehicles that will help these progressive cities meet their sustainability objectives,” Nova Bus president Raymond Leduc says in this week’s announcement.
Nova Bus is based in Quebec. The buses for Texas are being manufactured in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Deliveries to Via are to begin at the end of November. Deliveries to Houston Metro have already commenced.
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Source: Nova Bus with Fleets & Fuels follow-up