January 17, 2013
WINNIPEG—New Flyer Industries Inc, a manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the US and Canada, announced that Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has approved the purchase of 20 (40 equivalent units or EUs) Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) 60-foot articulated heavy-duty buses. The 20 buses were purchased under an umbrella contract with the procurement department of a US State. New Flyer entered into this umbrella contract in January 2012. The contract is a standing offer open to any US public transit agencies for up to 650 buses.
Since 1990, New Flyer is proud to have delivered a total of 571 buses to OCTA, whose active transit fleet consists of approximately 592 buses. OCTA’s fleet of New Flyer CNG buses consists of approximately 300 CNG buses that have been built over the past six years, the company said.
“New Flyer offers nearly two decades of CNG design and manufacturing expertise,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO of New Flyer. “Our system is designed specifically for our buses and our CNG tanks are certified for a 20-year service life.”
The award was part of the group of firm and option orders for 509 EUs received before the end of 2012. The 20 buses are expected to begin production late in the first quarter of 2013 and are anticipated to be delivered early in the fourth quarter of 2013.