OMAHA METRO LAUNCHES BRT SERVICE WITH NEW FLYER BUSES
The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha (Nebraska, USA), Metro, has issued a new order for ten compressed natural gas (CNG) Xcelsior 18.5 metre long heavy-duty transit buses. Metro has ordered these New Flyer Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses for its new BRT route known as the Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT). The order follows a 2018 purchase of 19 New Flyer buses.
Metro’s low-emission bus order bolsters its vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Omaha while supporting the launch of its new BRT route. According to Metro the ORBT experience offers smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation. It features onboard GPS, WiFi, and mobile fare payment upgrades, to allow payment via Metro’s app. Metro delivers express/commuter bus public transit within the city limits of Omaha, Nebraska, providing over 4.5 million passenger trips per year.
The Xcelsior 60 ft offers a capacity for 123 people, 61 seated and 62 standees. This BRT-version has wider doors, bridge plates or ramps and interior and exterior bike racks. The wheelbase of the New Flyer Xcelsior is 582 cm between the first and second axle and 744 cm between the second and third axle. The bus has a integrated roof line for hybrid and CNG without added weight & cost and flush windows. New Flyers President, Chris Stoddart, says: “CNG powered buses reduce fleet NOx emissions by 90% over conventional diesel-powered vehicles. Since 1994, New Flyer has delivered nearly 13,000 CNG buses.” New Flyer has BRT buses operating in cities such as Cleveland, San Bernardino, Eugene, San Jose, and Seattle.