Daimler sheds NYC bus contract, assigns it to Canada’s New Flyer
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff
New York City Transit Authority contract for 74 buses, includes option for 30 more
Winnipeg— Daimler Buses North America, Inc., has assigned a contract for 74 New York City buses to Canadian bus-maker New Flyer Industries, Inc.
Daimler, which announced earlier this year a decision to discontinue production of heavy-duty transit buses for the North American market, assigned New Flyer its contract with the New York City Transit Authority and the MTA Bus Company (together NYCT) to build 74 heavy-duty 40-foot CNG buses.
The contract includes an additional 30 option buses that will not be ordered at this time.
Production of the 74-bus base order—funded by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration—will begin in August, the company announced.
All units are expected to be delivered to NYCT by the end of the year.
Final assembly of these buses will take place in New Flyer’s Crookston, Minn., facility.
The buses will be virtually identical to New Flyer’s existing contract with NYCT for 385 buses currently in production.
“Delivering to NYCT requirements was our top priority,” New Flyer president and CEO Paul Soubry said in a statement. “We are pleased that we could react so quickly due to (Daimler’s) transition plan with a solution that met NYCT needs by continuing the build of our current bus production run.”