San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) has awarded New Flyer with a new contract for up to 50 Xcelsior compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses.
MTS currently has 220 forty-foot CNG New Flyer buses and 70 sixty-foot CNG articulated New Flyer buses in operation. The 50 New Flyer buses will replace existing buses in the fleet over the next five years.
MTS plans to use 17 of the articulated buses currently in production for its new South Bay bus rapid transit service expected to open later this year. South Bay Rapid is a new $128-million project that includes 12 stations along a 26-mile route from the US–Mexico border to Downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista, connecting to employment and activity centers in Downtown San Diego and South County.
The contract includes 30 firm orders (60 equivalent units) with options to purchase an additional 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (40 equivalent units). The order will support MTS’ state-of-good-repair efforts, commitment to clean fuels for its bus fleet, and its growing BRT system called Rapid.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) provides public transportation for Central, South, Northeast and Southeast San Diego County in California, generating 88 million annual passenger trips with approximately 800 buses and 128 electric light rail vehicles in a service territory spanning 570 square miles.