The City of Lincoln (Nebraska) Transportation and Utilities, operating as StarTran Bus Service has purchased 10 battery-electric, 35' Xcelsior CHARGE heavy-duty transit buses from New Flyer.
The purchase comprises two orders, both supported with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low or No-Emission funding. A $1.45 million federal grant in 2017 supported the city’s purchase of its first four electric buses, while a $2.6-million federal grant in 2019 supported the replacement of six older diesel buses with new electric models.
Each bus is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100-160 tons per year, compared to a traditional clean diesel bus.
New Flyer has delivered nearly 30 buses to StarTran since 2014, beginning with compressed natural gas buses and recently adding zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE buses to the StarTran fleet.
StarTran is the public transit bus system in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is the only mass transit carrier in the city of Lincoln, supporting more than 2 million rides per year. In 2019, StarTran saw the largest ridership increase in among urban transit systems in the state of Nebraska, as reported by the FTA. StarTran has been nationally acknowledged as a leader in the utilization and promotion of alternative fuels, with fuel program including CNG, biodiesel, and ethanol.
Built on the proven Xcelsior platform, New Flyer manufactures the zero-emission Xcelsior CHARGE bus in 35-, 40-, and 60-foot lengths.