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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has exercised an option with New Flyer to purchase 45 additional Xcelsior sixty-foot hybrid-electric buses (90 equivalent units or “EUs”).

MBTA is one of the largest transit systems in the US, providing public transportation services in Greater Boston and carrying approximately 32 million passengers per year.

This order follows recent MBTA awards to New Flyer for low and zero-emission buses, including a 2020 contract for 60 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric buses, a 2019 contract for 194 Xcelsior forty-foot hybrid-electric buses, and a 2019 contract for five sixty-foot battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE zero-emission buses.

The purchases are supported by a combination of state and federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants, executing on MBTA’s planned fleet replacement, expansion and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.


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