New Flyer of America Inc. (“New Flyer”), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer in North America, today announced that the New Jersey Transit Corporation (“NJ TRANSIT”) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 170, sixty-foot, clean diesel Xcelsior®heavy-duty transit buses, with firm orders of 85 buses to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, and options to purchase up to an additional 85 buses (for a total of up to 340 equivalent units or “EUs”).
NJ TRANSIT is America’s third largest provider of bus, rail, and light rail transit, operating and contracting bus services in the New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia regions delivering over 270 million passenger trips per year. The award to New Flyer will allow NJ TRANSIT to retire its existing fleet of articulated transit buses that have been in revenue service for more than 15 years.
NJ TRANSIT currently operates over 1,000 transit buses manufactured by North American Bus Industries (“NABI”) in Anniston, AL which was acquired by New Flyer in 2013. In addition, NFI subsidiary Motor Coach Industries (“MCI”) has proudly served NJ TRANSIT since 1983, having delivered 2,909 high floor commuter coaches by 2015. In that same year, MCI was awarded a new six-year contract for a total potential quantity of 1,222 fully-accessible, ADA compliant commuter coaches of which 473 have been delivered to date.
MCI provides field service for the coaches from its service center located in Blackwood, New Jersey and spare parts support from the NFI Parts distribution center in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
“Our goal is to provide reliable high-capacity vehicles that NJ Transit can rely on for safe, on-time service,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “We are honored to have been selected by NJ TRANSIT to provide service alongside other buses from the NFI portfolio.”
New Flyer has been leading innovation in public transit buses for over 85 years. In 2017, it opened the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology, and in 2018 became the first bus manufacturer in the world to sign on to the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. It is the only provider of full suite bus solutions in North America, offering transit buses, motor coaches, and low-floor cutaway buses.
About New Flyer
New Flyer is North America's heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers the most advanced product line under the Xcelsior® and Xcelsior CHARGE™ brands. It also offers infrastructure development through New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions™, a service dedicated to providing safe, sustainable, and reliable charging and mobility solutions. New Flyer actively supports over 41,000 heavy-duty transit buses (New Flyer, NABI, and Orion) currently in service, of which 7,300 are powered by electric motors and battery propulsion and 1,600 are zero-emission.