April 30, 2012

Minnesota Valley taps Nova Buses

Burnsville, Minn.-based Minnesota Valley Transit Authority placed an order for seven Nova buses for its bus rapid transit (BRT) services.

MVTA opted for the LFX Smart Bus, which includes the Nova eCooling system, the Nova Bus proprietary integrated electric engine cooling that can improve fuel economy by up to 18%. The stainless steel structure designed for highly variable operating conditions was also a must for MVTA to handle Minnesota’s climate.

For its BRT services, MVTA and its partners wanted sleek curb appeal with the ability to quickly handle large passenger loads at elevated platforms. The single roofline, flush windows, new interior design and large capacity doors of the Nova LFX represented an ideal match.

The selected configuration features disc brakes, composite flooring and all-LED lighting options for improved safety and cost savings. The addition of larger windows, clear escape hatches and LCD screens enhance the customer experience and provide greater opportunities for additional marketing revenues.

The buses will be assembled in Nova Bus’ Upstate New York plant and delivered in the fall of 2012.

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