California Transit Consortium Eyes up to 217 CNG Xcelsior Buses


Acting as the lead transit agency on a consortium procurement, San Bernardino, Calif.-based Omnitrans has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. a contract for the manufacturer to provide up to 217 of its 40-foot Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered transit buses.

The contract, valued at over $119 million, includes a firm order for 15 buses and has options for an additional 202 buses over four years. According to New Flyer, the 202-unit options are eligible for execution by seven other participating California transit agencies, including Culver City, Elk Grove, Montebello, Torrance, Stanislaus, Sunline Transit and UC Davis.

Established in 1976 through a joint powers agreement, Omnitrans carries approximately 16 million passengers annually throughout its 480-square mile service area, covering 15 cities and portions of the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Omnitrans currently operates a fleet of 177 heavy-duty transit buses, 168 of which were built by New Flyer.Â

“We are proud to be given the opportunity to once again build for the City of San Bernardino and its partner agencies on this joint procurement,” says Paul Soubry, president and CEO of New Flyer. “New Flyer has nearly 20 years of experience with natural-gas-powered transit buses, having delivered over 5,000 to more than 75 customers.”

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