New Flyer Industries has been awarded a contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for up to 900 Xcelsior 40-foot CNG buses. The five-year contract contains a firm order for 550 buses and options for up to an additional 350 buses. This will be the first time New Flyer has built for LA Metro in over ten years and the first time the New Flyer Xcelsior model will be introduced into its active transit fleet of over 2,200 buses. Production is expected to begin the fourth quarter of 2013, and all 550 buses are expected to be delivered by the first quarter of 2015.
New Flyer’s contract with LA Metro represents the third large, recent order for transit buses that feature Cummins Westport’s ISL G 8.9L engine. In December 2012, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) announced the decision to purchase up to 350 Gillig 40-foot low floor buses and 118 New Flyer 60-foot low floor articulated buses, all powered with the ISL G 8.9L engine. SDMTS will receive 47 articulated buses and 50 forty-foot buses in 2013, with another 50 per year being delivered to replace buses in the current CNG fueled fleet over the following four years. The ISL G 8.9L engine also is used in the 459 North American Bus Industries (NABI) transit buses being deployed by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) as part of a $210 million contract. “Substantial orders such as these… are ongoing evidence of the growing acceptance of natural gas in the transit market,” said Jim Arthurs, President, Cummins Westport.