The new buses will replace end-of-life vehicles, and provide an improved passenger experience  -  Photo: New Flyer

The new buses will replace end-of-life vehicles, and provide an improved passenger experience

Photo: New Flyer

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) ordered 95 Xcelsior 40-foot heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) in the final year of its existing five-year contract comprised of one base year and four option years.

Supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds, the new buses will replace end-of-life vehicles, and provide an improved passenger experience, while also delivering on WMATA’s 2019-2028 Strategic Plan focused on improving the transportation system’s safety and reliability.

“Since 1995, NFI has delivered over 2,040 buses to Metro and the agency continues to rely on NFI's proven transit technology to keep Washington moving,” said Chris Stoddart, president, North American bus and coach, NFI. “New Flyer’s Xcelsior bus features effective emission controls that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of bus operation. Together, we are providing the community with safe, efficient, and reliable transportation.”

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