New Flyer of America Inc. says the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has exercised options for 26 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) 60-foot, heavy-duty transit buses, converted from New Flyer’s backlog.
The options are part of a five-year contract with MTS, originally announced in February 2018 for up to 50 Xcelsior CNG buses. The order replaces older, end-of-life vehicles with lower-emission and more efficient buses that deliver increased sustainability.
Since 1993, New Flyer has delivered nearly 800 buses to San Diego MTS, including six zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses.
“New Flyer appreciates the need for reduced greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion, while also increasing community connectivity – and the MTS team has established itself in the transition to low- and zero-emission mobility,” says Chris Stoddart, president of New Flyer.
MTS operates bus and trolley routes in the San Diego region, delivering over 90 million rides per year. MTS has actively supported California climate action goals through evolution to low- and no-emission solutions, including operation of zero-emission light rail and buses in addition to the operation of CNG buses, purchasing 100% renewable natural biogas, deploying eco-friendly propane-powered buses, and installing near-zero NOx engines in existing fixed-route buses.
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Photo: A New Flyer CNG bus