LA Metro exercises options for 70 more buses from New Flyer
The options are part of a contract with LA Metro for up to 400 compressed natural gas buses originally announced in October 2017
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Bus manufacturer New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of Winnipeg-based NFI Group Inc., has announced the Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (LA Metro) has exercised options for 70 Xcelsior 60-foot, heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses, for a total of 140 equivalent units (EUs) converted from the backlog.
The options are part of a contract with LA Metro for up to 400 CNG buses originally announced in October 2017 and includes an initial order of 65 buses with options to purchase an additional 335 buses. The buses are built in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and are completed in Ontario, California.
New Flyer says the order replaces older, end-of-life vehicles, supporting LA Metro’s goal to reduce emissions in L.A. County.
“Since 1998, New Flyer has proudly delivered nearly 1,500 buses to LA Metro to provide greater mobility options through public transit. Our CNG buses continue to provide safe, clean, and reliable transit while helping the people of L.A. County move through their community each day,” said Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer, in a prepared statement. “We commend LA Metro on its continued pursuit of sustainable and zero-emission mobility and look forward to assisting the achievement of 100% zero-emission transit over the next decade.”
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the United States’ third-busiest transit agency and is the largest transit agency in L.A. County.