Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) awarded New Flyer a contract for 82 Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) 40-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (82 equivalent units).
The contract, which supports new services beginning in spring 2019, includes 41 firm orders with options to purchase an additional 41 CNG 40-foot, heavy-duty vehicles. The buses were funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration.
These buses increase DART’s 639 clean, low-emission CNG buses, aiding DART's mission to operate a safe, efficient, and effective transportation. This order is part of a plan to reduce current fleet NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions by 90% over conventional diesel-powered vehicles.
“New Flyer is pleased to support Dallas Area Rapid Transit as it develops a dependable, low-emission transit fleet with the environment in mind,” said Wayne Joseph, president, New Flyer of America. “As a founding member of the North Texas Clean Air Coalition, we commend DART for leading by example, improving service while reducing the carbon footprint of northern Texas, and building a more sustainable environment for the surrounding community.”
DART serves over 67 million passenger trips per year in 13 cities total, a combined area of 700 square miles.