New Flyer Industries Inc. is moving into the second phase of bus supply contract with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The company’s US subsidiary New Flyer of America Inc. is advancing the production of 105 Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid, forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses for the authority.
SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel noted that while more than half of SEPTA's current bus fleet are diesel-electric hybrids, at the conclusion of the five-year contract with New Flyer, hybrids will comprise 95% of its bus fleet.
"Public transportation is an environmentally friendly way to get around, and it's only getting greener with more hybrid buses on the road," he said.
The buses will be deployed in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs of Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester, supporting four million people living in and around southeastern Pennsylvania. The diesel-electric Xcelsiors will help deliver on SEPTA's strategic focus on environmental sustainability and tightened emissions controls.
SEPTA is one of only two US transit authorities that operates all five major types of terrestrial transit vehicles: regional (commuter) rail trains, heavy rapid transit (subway/elevated) trains, light rail vehicles (trolleys), trolley buses, and motor buses.