February 7, 2013
WINNIPEG—New Flyer Industries Inc, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses, announced that the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) has awarded it a contract for 90 Xcelsior diesel 40-foot heavy-duty buses.
The contract for 90 Xcelsior XD40 buses contains a firm order of 55 buses with options for an additional 35 buses. With an active fleet size today of approximately 409 buses delivered, MCTS currently operates a 100-percent New Flyer fleet.
“New Flyer is very proud to be awarded the bid to build transit buses for Milwaukee. We’ve come a long way from our first build with MCTS and we continue to be committed to building and strengthening our relationship with them long into the future,” said Paul Soubry, New Flyer’s president and CEO. “This bus order will be MCTS first experience with New Flyer’s ‘best in class’ Xcelsior model. The Xcelsior delivers improved life cycle savings and a more comfortable transit experience for both the passengers and drivers.”
This award was part of the group of firm and option orders for 509 equivalent units received before the end of 2012. The 55 buses should begin production in the first quarter of 2013. All buses are expected to be delivered by the summer of 2013.