The MBTA intends to purchase 194 40-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses from New Flyer of America Inc. for use in the greater Boston area, according to an announcement Monday from the heavy-duty transit bus company.
“As MBTA focuses on clean transportation, the addition of New Flyer’s extended-range hybrid buses — complete with start/stop technology running on emission-free battery power inside the Silver Line tunnel — will help fulfill its environmental needs while increasing transit service,” said New Flyer of America President Chris Stoddart.
According to the release, New Flyer has provided more than 750 buses to the MBTA since 2002. The new buses will replace old vehicles and are supported by Federal Transit Administration grants. The MBTA received its first hybrid bus from New Flyer in 2010 and currently has more than 200 hybrid buses that are between 40 and 60 feet. (read more)
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