New Flyer Industries has been awarded its first-ever contract to build buses for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, Colo.
The contract contains a firm order for 52 60-foot diesel buses using New Flyer's standard Xcelsior platform, 12 of which will be built using its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) styling. The contract contains up to 140 options that may be awarded at a later date, with the option to build buses of diesel-hybrid, compressed natural gas or clean-diesel propulsion.
All the orders are for 60-foot transit buses. Including the options, it would be a total of 384 equivalent units (EUs). (A 60-foot bus is worth two EUs)
"We're privileged to be awarded this contract by RTD," said Paul Soubry, New Flyer's president and chief executive officer. "We are excited to not only have RTD as a new customer, but thrilled that we can produce our Xcelsior model in both the 60-foot and 60-foot BRT styling."
Production of the 12 60-foot BRT-styled buses is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with all buses delivered by the second quarter 2014. The 52 60-foot Xcelsior buses will be manufactured beginning in the first quarter of 2014 and will all be completely manufactured and assembled at New Flyer of America's St. Cloud, Minn., manufacturing facility.