First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
New Flyer of America is to deliver 194 heavy-duty Xcelsior diesel-electric transit buses to Massachusetts to replace buses which are at the end of their life.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) placed the order in 2010 and now has more than 200 forty-foot and 70 sixty-foot diesel-electric buses in operation.
The hybrid buses, supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, will replace end-of-life vehicles. MBTA ordered its first New Flyer hybrid bus in 2010, and now has more than 200 forty-foot and 70 sixty-foot diesel-hybrid buses currently in operation, as it continues to focus on clean transportation initiatives for the greater Boston area.
Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer of America, says: “New Flyer's extended-range hybrid buses – complete with start/stop technology running on emission-free battery power inside the Silver Line tunnel – will help fulfil its environmental needs while increasing transit service.”
Since 2002, New Flyer has delivered more than 750 buses to MBTA, including diesel-electric and low-emission compressed Natural gas buses.
In September 2018, New Flyer announced its plans to deploy five battery-electric buses to help improve air quality around Salt Lake City and the University of Utah campus.