The Board of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) today approved the purchase of 525 40-foot, low-floor diesel-electric hybrid buses via a $411.8-million, five-year contract with New Flyer of America. SEPTA also has an option to purchase up to 25 additional buses.
The new vehicles will allow SEPTA to continue the regular retirement and replacement of the oldest vehicles in its fleet with new, more energy-efficient hybrids. The buses will be delivered to SEPTA over the course of the five-year contract with New Flyer.
Pennsylvania Act 89 was passed in November 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for transportation improvements statewide, such as infrastructure repairs and replacement of aging vehicles. With Act 89 in place, SEPTA has recently launched dozens of long-needed capital improvement projects throughout the transit system and across all modes of travel.
More than half of SEPTA's current bus fleet is made up of diesel-electric hybrids. At the conclusion of the new contract with New Flyer, hybrids will represent approximately 95% of the fleet.