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NFI Group building 70 more buses for LA Metro contract

NFI Group, formerly New Flyer Industries, just filled up a good solid bit of its work for the coming year with the announcement this week that Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority (LA Metro) has exercised options for 70, 60-foot, heavy-duty compressed natural gas transit buses.

The order is part of a 2017 contract NFI signed with LA Metro for up to 400 CNG buses. That included an initial order of 65 buses with options to purchase an additional 335 buses.

Since the latest order is for 70 of the articulated 60-foot models, they count for a total of 140 equivalent units that will be converted from the backlog.

The buses will be built at NFI Group’s St. Cloud, Minn., plant and will be completed at the company’s facility in Ontario, California.

NFI said the order replaced older vehicles in LA Metro’s fleet and supports its goal to reduce emissions in L.A. County and will allow it to deliver greater capacity along its busiest routes, with passenger capacity on these 60-foot models of up to 120 on each bus.

“Since 1998, New Flyer has proudly delivered nearly 1,500 buses to LA Metro to provide greater mobility options through public transit. Our CNG buses continue to provide safe, clean, and reliable transit while helping the people of L.A. County move through their community each day,” said Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer.

The low-emission CNG buses work to combat global climate change and aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the United States’ third-busiest transit agency with more than 370 million boardings per year.

New Flyer has delivered more than 13,000 CNG buses in the last 25 years. They emit 90 per cent less nitrogen oxide than traditional diesel engines, emitting virtually no visible particulate matter.

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