LA Metro to order up to 300 compressed natural gas transit buses
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA or ‘LA Metro’) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 300 Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG), 60-foot heavy-duty transit buses.
The Xcelsior® compressed natural gas buses support LA Metro’s commitment to sustainable transportation, which works toward a vision of all-electric public transportation by 2030.
This is supported by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Local Labor Hiring Pilot Program, which enables FTA grantees, including states and local agencies, to utilise social or economic contracting requirements in competitive bidding. Furthermore, the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC) will assist with local employment, hiring a diverse workforce.
Together, we are building sustainable transit infrastructure, preserving the environment, and supporting the development and maintenance of local jobs”
“We are thrilled to build on both our low and no emission footprint in America with an exceptionally progressive partner such as LA Metro,” said Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. “Together, we are building sustainable transit infrastructure, preserving the environment, and supporting the development and maintenance of local jobs. We are proud to be the largest employer of US workers of any transit bus manufacturer in North America.”
New Flyer is a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, which has stated that it is committed to advancing innovation in the transit industry, and is working to support cities with buses that support the development of smart, connected communities while also preserving the environment through Low or No (Low-No) Emission solutions.
The contract by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is for 65 firm orders and the option to purchase an additional 235 buses.