HOUSTON AWARDS NEW FLYER CONTRACT FOR 24 BRT BUSES
New Flyer, subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., announced that the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (“Metro”) has awarded a new contract for 14 heavy-duty, sixty-foot Xcelsior clean-diesel transit buses (or 28 equivalent units or “EUs”) with options for 10 additional buses (20 EUs).
The New Flyer Xcelsior buses have been designed for a special Bus Rapid Transit (“BRT”) system that improves route capacity and schedule reliability as a part of the Houston Uptown Dedicated Bus
Lanes Project. The contract brings the total NFI Group fleet size in Houston to just under 1,400. Elevated “Busways” have been specifically engineered for BRT bus operation. The schedule calls for service to start high-capacity in summer 2019.
Metro began operations in January 1979 and has expanded to serve 14 cities as well as major portions of unincorporated Harris County. With nearly 9,000 bus stops, Metro buses run more than 42 million revenue miles and will have had an estimated 66 million boardings per year.
With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 32 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI Group Inc. provides transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI (motor coaches), and NFI Parts (parts, support, and service). Over 2017 NFI Group reported revenues of US $2.4 billion.