ARBOC Secures Order for Eight Spirit of Mobility Fully Accessible Cutaway Buses for Radford Transit
Middlebury, Indiana, USA – November 13, 2018: (TSX: NFI) ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, LLC (“ARBOC”), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, today announced that Radford Transit (“Radford”) in Virginia has awarded ARBOC with an order for eight Spirit of Mobility ® (“Mobility”) low-floor, body-on-chassis (“cutaway”) transit buses. The order was procured through ARBOC’s US dealer, Sonny Merryman.
The Mobility buses are low-floor vehicles capable of “kneeling”, making the boarding process efficient and fully accessible, while maintaining Radford’s 100 percent ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) compliant fleet. The order will replace older, existing buses in the fleet and supplement three ARBOC buses purchased in 2017.
“ARBOC is proud to rejuvinate Radford’s fleet with more efficient, comfortable, and reliable vehicles,” said Don Roberts, President, ARBOC. “As a leader in progressing accessibility throughout North America, we are thrilled to support Radford’s goal of providing accessible transit to all.”
“The Mobility has been a great fit for Radford Transit,” adds Mark Roberts, Sonny Merryman. “We are excited to further increase mobility with this order.”
Operated by New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS), Radford Transit provides public transit to the citizens of Radford, Radford University students, faculty and staff and those who live in surrounding areas.
“These new buses help Radford provide a transportation system that is safe, reliable, and convenient,” said Trevor Sakry, NRVCS. “They are a great addition to our 20-bus fleet.”
Radford Transit was established in 2011 through a joint partnership between Radford University, Radford City, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration.
ARBOC has been innovating accessible transit for North Americans since 2008. The company estimates that nearly 70% of North America’s low-floor cutaway buses are manufactured by ARBOC.
With over 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America’s largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer® (heavy-duty transit buses), ARBOC® (low-floor cutaway and medium-duty buses), MCI® (motor coaches), and NFI Parts™ (parts, support, and service). NFI buses incorporate the widest range of drive systems available including: clean diesel, natural gas, diesel-electric hybrid, and zero-emission electric (trolley, battery, and fuel cell). For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion. NFI common shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NFI. News and information are available at www.nfigroup.com.
ARBOC is North America’s low-floor, body-on-chassis (“cutaway”) bus leader serving transit, paratransit, and shuttle applications. With more than 3,000 buses in service, ARBOC leads the low-floor cutaway bus market providing unsurpassed passenger accessibility and comfort over traditional high-floor cutaway vehicles. ARBOC also offers a medium-duty bus for transit and shuttle applications. Further information is available at www.arbocsv.com.
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