NFI Announces Order For Up To 210 New Flyer Xcelsior® Buses For Houston’s METRO
NFI Group Inc. (NFI), an independent bus and motor coach manufacturer and provider of zero-emission electric mobility solutions, has announced that NFI subsidiary New Flyer of America (New Flyer) was awarded a new two-year contract from Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO). It involves 160 Xcelsior® 40-foot clean-diesel transit buses, with options to purchase up to 50 additional buses. With this order, NFI will add up to 210 buses to its backlog in the third quarter of 2023 for firm and option orders.
METRO is one of the largest transit agencies in the United States, and delivers more than 115 million annual passenger rides, providing transportation services to the City of Houston, most of Harris County, and 14 smaller, surrounding cities. In 2020, METRO was named the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year, which marked its second award in five years.
“Since 1991, NFI has delivered over 1,765 vehicles to METRO, including New Flyer buses and MCI motor coaches, providing Houston communities with efficient, safe, and reliable transportation. Building on over 30 years of partnership, NFI continues to support METRO with our advanced mobility solutions,” Chris Stoddart, President, North American Bus and Coach, NFI, said. “Our Xcelsior buses will positively impact Harris County and surrounding communities through their best-in-class features including accessibility, and an effective emissions control system that will provide Houston communities with cleaner, quieter, and more efficient transportation.”
“The new high-performance buses will replace end-of-life vehicles in METRO’s fleet and provide an enhanced passenger experience,” according to a press release. “The Xcelsior buses conform to the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s comprehensive Heavy-Duty National Program, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption for heavy-duty highway vehicles. New Flyer’s technology combines ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, advanced engines, and effective emissions controls, resulting in a highly efficient bus with reduced emissions.”