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SEPTA awards New Flyer a contract for up to 550 diesel hybrid buses; 90 in first order

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 550 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel electric hybrid buses. (Earlier post.)

The contract includes a firm order for 90 Xcelsior XDE40 buses valued at approximately US$50 million, with options for an additional 460 units over the next 5 years. All buses will be delivered between the period of 2017 to 2020. The order will replace older vehicles in SEPTA’s current fleet with newer, more fuel efficient Xcelsior XDE40 buses.

SEPTA currently serves more than 168 million annual riders with a fleet of 1,387 vehicles in fixed route service in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

New Flyer has delivered more than 1,130 heavy-duty transit buses to SEPTA since 2002 and is currently delivering 35 MiDi buses under a contract that was awarded in September of 2015.



This seems ludicrous and very inconsistent with the natural gas build out state wide for mass transit. The natural gas engines burn much cleaner. We have significantly reduced pollution in southern California with most buss lines running on natural gas and prototyping BEV and Hydrogen fuel cell busses.

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