New Flyer announces order for 100 buses from the Chicago Transit AuthorityWritten by Dan Comand Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:26
New Flyer Industries Inc. announced an order for 100 60-foot articulated buses for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in support of their fleet renewal and customer enhancement strategies.
The order for 100 low-floor articulated buses (200 equivalent units) was placed using options from another US transit agency, and is worth US $80.1M. The 67 clean-diesel buses (D60LFR) and 33 hybrid diesel-electric buses (DE60LFR) are ideal for high-capacity, high-frequency routes and assist with reducing road congestion.
New Flyer will commence building the buses in 2012, with all deliveries completed by mid-year 2013. The last purchase of heavy-duty transit buses by the Chicago Transit Authority was in 2009 - and was also with New Flyer. The CTA currently operates 1,780 transit buses in their fleet, 1,258 of which are New Flyer buses.
"We are excited to grow our partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority," Paul Soubry, President and CEO of New Flyer said. "The 60LFR series are a proven heavy-duty low-floor bus design, known for its durability and dependability, with over 4,500 delivered to more than 60 transit agencies across North America. They provide a great experience for up to 115 passengers and meet CTA's exacting standards for comfort and climate control."
Each bus will be equipped with New Flyer Connect™, New Flyer's onboard remote vehicle management system. New Flyer Connect™ enables the CTA to achieve the best performance and safety out of their buses by providing the right information, to the right people at the right time. Real time problem reporting of operational and vehicle health data provides transit authorities with the ability to monitor and improve fuel economy, schedule preventative maintenance and ensure that the vehicle operates safely.
The order for 60LFR series buses is backed by New Flyer's lifetime in-service support and care, providing best value in direct operating costs for the CTA. The buses will be provided with:
- A dedicated New Flyer Life Cycle Manager, who will oversee the full range of products, services and support provided by the New Flyer team.
- Regionally based service representatives and warehouses providing technical expertise and spare parts support.
- Tailored classroom and e-Learning programs designed to provide the CTA's employees with training to optimize bus operation and maintenance.
- Simple yet comprehensive new product warranty, administered through the New Flyer iWarranty System.
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