Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority adding transit buses with BAE hybrid drives

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is adding 60 heavy-duty buses to its fleet powered by BAE Systems' diesel-electric hybrid drives.

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New Flyer Industries Inc. (New Flyer or the company), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States and Canada, announces that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has exercised options for the purchase of 60 40-foot heavy-duty Xcelsior buses powered by clean diesel-electric BAE hybrid drives.

Over the last 15 years, New Flyer has built and delivered 352 heavy-duty transit buses for MBTA in 40-foot and 60-foot lengths, and with propulsion systems ranging from diesel to diesel-hybrid and natural gas. These exercised options were assigned from an existing contract with another US
State transit agency.

“We’re thrilled to continue to build on our relationship with MBTA and the opportunity to provide them with our best-in-class Xcelsior bus for the very first time,” says Paul Soubry, New Flyer President and Chief Executive Officer. “MTBA is a first class transit agency in a very challenging and demanding
operating environment, and we are confident that the Xcelsior will be an excellent addition to MBTA’s fleet.”

BAE Systems is proud to be chosen as the hybrid propulsion supplier for MBTA,” says Steve Trichka, Vice President and General Manager of HybriDrive Solutions for BAE Systems, which has nearly 4,500 HybriDrive propulsion systems powering buses around the world. “MBTA will be receiving Series-E,
our latest low emission, efficient, fuel-saving system. With Series-E, passengers experience clean and quiet boarding with new anti-idling technology deployed at bus stops.”

The 60 buses will be manufactured starting in the third quarter of 2014 with all buses being delivered in the first quarter of 2015.