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Agility CNG Tanks for Phoenix New Flyers

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility to Supply Fuel Cylinders for as Many as 396 Buses

New Flyer of America has disclosed a contract to supply, through a joint procurement, as many as 396 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot Xcelsior brand buses to the City of Phoenix and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority – aka RPTA, or Valley Metro.

This item was initially posted on November 15

Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix ordered 120 CNG-fueled, low-floor New Flyer buses nearly four years ago (F&F, January 14, 2014), and now are taking at least 199 more.

There is a firm contract for 199 buses, supported by FTA/Federal Transit Administration money, New Flyer says, with options for 197 buses over five years.

The new transit vehicles will have CNG fuel cylinders from Agility Fuel Solutions (formerly Hexagon). Hexagon and New Flyer disclosed a supply agreement for lightweight all-composite Type IV cylinders in early 2016 (F&F, February 26, 2016).

A Decade of Experience in the Valley

It’s the second joint procurement by Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix, New Flyer says: “For over ten years, New Flyer has provided public transportation in Arizona that helped support regional and city growth,” New Flyer of America president Wayne Joseph said in a release.

The CNG buses “ will help lower emissions, as well as strengthen transit ridership in communities with safe and reliable bus service,” he said.

The buses will be deployed on Valley Metro’s regional transit system as well as City of Phoenix routes starting 2018, and support Valley Metro’s 2016-2020 strategic plan to grow transit ridership and advance the value of transit.

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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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