November 20, 2012

Houston Metro to receive Nova artics

Nova Bus will deliver 70 articulated buses to Houston-based Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Metro) over the next year. The order is valued at approximately $48 million.

Metro is the region’s largest public transit system. It operates more than 1,200 buses and 370,000 times a day people use a Metro service.

Metro’s new high-capacity buses will be used to renew Metro’s bus fleet and will be put into regular service. The articulated vehicles will be able to carry up to 112 passengers along any city streets, thanks to their similar maneuverability to 40-foot buses. Nova Bus’ LFS Artic buses are currently in operation in large urban centers including New York City and Montreal.

The vehicles will come equipped with Nova Bus’ proprietary electric engine cooling system, resulting in significant fuel savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and competitive lifecycle costs. The vehicles will also feature Nova Bus’ latest transit bus interior, a design based on client and focus group feedback as well as inspired by other industries such as aerospace and rail transportation.

The order will be assembled at Nova Bus’ plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Group, which employs approximately 12,000 workers in the U.S. in seven production facilities.

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