New Flyer of America Inc. announced that the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA or Valley Metro) has exercised options for 24 additional Xcelsior® 40-foot, CNG heavy-duty transit buses. Valley Metro is the regional public transportation agency that provides coordinated, multimodal transit options to the residents and visitors of greater Phoenix, with 51 million passenger trips on its buses in 2018.
The order will replace older buses currently operating on regional routes in support of Valley Metro’s 2016-2020 strategic plan to advance the value of transit throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area.
The original contract awarded November 2017 (a joint effort with the city of Phoenix Public Transit) included up to 396 buses over a five-year period, and is supported by funding from both the Federal Transit Administration and local sources. About 70% of the Valley Metro fleet are powered by natural gas to support local clean air initiatives.
“Since 2006, New Flyer has delivered 314 heavy-duty transit buses to Valley Metro,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “We’re proud to support Valley Metro’s deployment of even more low emission CNG buses into a fleet that is already comprised of 91 percent alternatively fueled vehicles.” VIVASEX
Source: New Flyer