New Flyer gets Atlanta contract for 265 buses

Vehicles will be powered by natural gas propulsion systems.

June 18, 2013   by CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG — New Flyer Industries Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for up to 265 heavy-duty buses with compressed natural gas propulsion systems.

The value of the contract was not disclosed, but it contains a firm order for eight low-floor restyled CNG 30-foot buses and 80 Xcelsior CNG 40-foot buses. There is also an option for an additional 177 Xcelsior CNG or hybrid 40-foot buses.

Since 1990, New Flyer has built and delivered 926 buses for the Atlanta transit authority in various models, lengths and propulsion systems.

The firm order of 88 buses is anticipated to begin production in the second quarter of this year. All buses are to be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year.

New Flyer, with more than 2,200 employees, is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the US and Canada, with manufacturing facilities in St. Cloud and Crookston, Min., and in Winnipeg.

It also has a parts fabrication facility in Elkhart, Ind., and four parts distribution centres in Erlanger, Ky, Fresno, Calif., Winnipeg and Brampton, Ont, as well as a service centre in Arnprior, Ont.

© 2013 The Canadian Press

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