Houston awards New Flyer a contract for up to 24 BRT buses
High-capacity rapid transit to increase mobility in America's fourth-largest city.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The Metropolitan Transit Authority in Harris County, Tex. has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. a contract for 14 heavy-duty, sixty-foot Xcelsior clean-diesel transit buses with options for 10 additional buses.
New Flyer, the US subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., the Winnipeg-based transit bus and motor coach manufacturer, said the Xcelsior buses have been designed for a special Bus Rapid Transit system that improves route capacity and schedule reliability as a part of the Houston Uptown Dedicated Bus Lanes Project. The contract brings the total NFI Group fleet size in Houston to just under 1,400.
No financial information related to this deal was provided.
The BRT development will run along Post Oak Boulevard to deliver transit service from Westpark to the Northwest Transit Center. Elevated “Busways” have been specifically engineered for BRT bus operation. The schedule calls for service to start high-capacity in summer 2019.
METRO began operations in January 1979 and has expanded to serve 14 cities as well as major portions of unincorporated Harris County. With nearly 9,000 bus stops, METRO buses run more than 42 million revenue miles and will have had an estimated 66 million boardings per year.
NFI’s reports new orders in the second quarter totaled 1,413equivalent units, which included firm orders of 456 units valued at $177.3 million and options for 957 units valued at $471.9 million. In addition, 505 optional were converted to firm orders valued at $254.0 million.