26 Mar 2018


New Flyer of America Inc. announced that the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has awarded a new contract for 154 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses over the next five years.
DART, which operates the public transport in the Dallas area, exceeds 600 CNG Buses with its latest New Flyer order.

The COTA contract includes 28 firm orders with options to purchase an additional 126 compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses, which will replace end-of-life vehicles with more efficient CNG buses over the next five years. The purchase was supported by local, state, and Federal Transit Administration funding.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority serves greater Columbus and central Ohio, covering 1.2 million residents and providing more than 18 million passenger trips annually. In 2013, COTA made the commitment to move its entire fleet to compressed natural gas within 12 years.In 2018, COTA introduced CMAX, Central Ohio’s first Bus Rapid Transit line, and is investing in infrastructure and technology upgrades to improve transit service and the customer experience.

COTA’s 12-year transition to a complete CNG fleet is well underway with diesel-powered coaches being retired and replaced, and additional CNG coaches purchased.

New Flyer Industries of America Inc. (New Flyer), the U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group, has been contracted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to supply 82 Xcelsior®compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses.

The DART contract, which supports new services beginning in Spring 2019, includes 41 firm orders with options to purchase an additional 41 compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty. The buses were funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

These buses increase DART’s 639 clean, low-emission CNG buses, aiding their mission to operate a safe, efficient and effective transportation. This order is part of a plan to reduce current fleet NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions by 90% over conventional diesel-powered vehicles.

DART serves over 67 million passenger trips per year in 13 cities total, a combined area of 700 square miles.

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