The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha (Metro) in Nebraska has ordered 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) Xcelsior buses from New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.
The order of the 60-foot, heavy-duty transit buses follows a 2018 purchase of 19 New Flyer buses. Metro delivers public transit service within the city limits of Omaha, providing over 4.5 million passenger trips per year.
Metro’s order supports the launch of its new bus rapid transit (BRT) route, known as the Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT). The ORBT combines smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation.
“As North America’s BRT leader and the only manufacturer offering a complete range of clean propulsion systems in both conventional and articulated transit buses, New Flyer is proud to have once again been selected by Omaha Metro – this time for its new progressive ORBT service,” says Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer. “CNG-powered buses reduce fleet NOx emissions by 90 percent over conventional diesel-powered vehicles. Since 1994, New Flyer has delivered nearly 13,000 CNG buses, and we know our buses will serve Omaha with the greatest accessibility and cleaner air for their community.”