The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) has awarded New Flyer of America Inc. a new contract for up to 50 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) heavy-duty transit buses.
MTS currently has 220 40-foot CNG New Flyer buses and 70 60-foot CNG articulated New Flyer buses in operation. The new order, which calls for 60-foot buses, will replace existing buses in the fleet over the next five years.
MTS plans to use 17 of the articulated buses currently in production for its new bus rapid transit service, expected to open later this year. South Bay Rapid is a $128 million project that includes 12 stations along a 26-mile route from the U.S.-Mexico border to downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista – connecting to employment and activity centers in downtown San Diego and South County.
The new contract includes 30 firm orders (60 equivalent units) with options to purchase an additional 20 CNG sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (40 equivalent units).
“As San Diego and its surrounding regions continue to invest in the development of a compact urban core, the need for efficient transportation will increase,” says Wayne Joseph, president of New Flyer of America. “MTS has recognized this and is proactively leading the evolution to sustainable public transit. We commend MTS on its industry leadership in low-emission transit and are proud to again provide New Flyer buses to support a growing San Diego.”
MTS provides public transportation for central, south, northeast and southeast San Diego County. It generates 88 million annual passenger trips with approximately 800 buses and 128 electric light rail vehicles in a service territory spanning 570 square miles.