by Tiana May
31 May 2023
Blue Bird Corporation has celebrated the opening of its Electric Vehicle (EV) Build-up Center in Fort Valley, Georgia to increase the production of electric school buses.
This site extends the company’s main US manufacturing plant by transforming a 40,000-square-foot facility that will help meet the growing demand for electric school buses in North America.
With this milestone, the company aims to expand its maximum electric school bus production capacity from 4 to 20 vehicles a day, with the view of producing 5,000 electric school buses each year.
US and Canadian school districts are currently transitioning their bus fleets to electric vehicles to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, improve student and community health and save on rising fuel costs.
Currently, more than 10 billion USD in federal, state, provincial and local funding has been made available for zero- and low-emission school buses to accelerate this transition.
“Based on the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law alone we anticipate thousands of additional electric school bus orders valued at an estimated $1 billion over five years. Our new EV Build-up Center reflects Blue Bird’s steadfast commitment to school districts across the U.S. and Canada to meet increasing demand and deliver clean, safe, and reliable student transportation when they need it.”
Blue Bird’s EV Build-up Center is part of a multi-million dollar investment in upgrading Blue Bird’s Fort Valley manufacturing site.
The new facility will feature a dedicated assembly line for electric school buses that will be manned by trained technicians.
It also includes InCharge Energy ICE-30 chargers and mobile carts to flexibly charge electric school buses prior to customer delivery.
CapMetro has executed an option to order 26 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses from New Flyer to operate in Austin, Texas.
The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has added six BYD | RIDE electric buses to its fleet.
Washington Metro has received a 104 million USD FTA grant to convert its Cinder Bed Road bus garage to exclusively serve electric buses.
The City of Burlington in North Carolina has taken delivery of two BYD | RIDE electric buses to operate as part of its Link Transit Fleet.
Arlington Transit (ART) has purchased its first four battery-electric buses manufactured by GILLIG to replace aging vehicles in its fleet.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has added two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses to its fleet.
Proterra has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and has announced that it is now taking action to maximise the value of its business.
The Washington Department of Transportation and Amtrak are replacing a diesel bus on the Amtrak Cascades route with an electric vehicle.
Blue Bird has delivered 20 Vision electric school buses to Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) in Florida.
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has completed its Northern Boulevard bus priority project in Queens.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has contracted New Flyer of America to supply 80 low-floor battery-electric buses.
New York's MTA has launched a six-month pilot of an automated wheelchair securement device, the Quantum Self Securement Station.
ABC Companies, Proterra and PG&E have launched North America’s largest coach charging facility in Newark, California.
NFI's New Flyer of America will deliver 26 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has activated automated bus lane enforcement (ABLE) cameras on the Q58 bus route in Queens.
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The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded 1.7bn USD to projects investing in cleaner bus fleets.
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Nova Bus has announced plans to exit the US bus production market and close its Plattsburgh manufacturing and delivery facility by 2025.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has exercised a contract option to purchase an additional 22 Proterra electric buses.
Rock Region METRO has unveiled the state of Arkansas' first five Proterra ZX5 Max electric mass transit buses.
MARTA and the City of Atlanta have announced a groundbreaking celebration for the region's first bus rapid transit (BRT) line on 15 June.
SEPTA has become the latest transit agency to pilot Hayden AI's camera-assisted bus lane and stop enforcement technology.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced 11.6 million USD in funding to support six transit bus automation research projects.
ElDorado National California (ENC) has received an order to supply 19 Axess EVO-FC hydrogen fuel cell buses to Californian public transit provider, Foothill Tra...
NFI's New Flyer has been contracted to supply six hydrogen fuel cell and 20 hybrid buses to the Phoenix Public Transit Department (PTD).
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has rolled out an all-electric bus service on route 63 in South Side Chicago.
The San Diego MTS has received a TIRCP grant to help advance its bus fleet electrification and maintain the San Diego Trolley Orange Line.
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Blue Bird has been contracted to supply a fleet of 60 electric school buses for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) in Florida.
FTA has recognised New York's MTA, Minnesota's MVTA, Chicago Transit Authority and Everett Transit for their sustainability efforts.
New York's MTA has ordered an additional 116 Xcelsior buses from NFI subsidiary, New Flyer of America for New York City Transit (NYCT).
Washington Metro is adding automated cameras to buses to keep unauthorised vehicles out of bus lanes and bus stop areas.
San Diego's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has received the green light to launch a fully-electric service on the Iris Rapid BRT route.
The FTA has granted 65.6 million USD to CapMetro to help establish bus rapid transit (BRT) services in Austin, Texas.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) first long range electric bus has begun regular revenue service on Route 20.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has commenced construction on an electric bus facility at its Bladensburg Garage.
VIA Transit has debuted eight 40-foot GILLIG electric buses to provide more sustainable public transport options in San Antonio, Texas.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has ordered 10 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, from NFI.
Greyhound and FlixBus have now fully integrated their technology and booking services to provide an extended intercity bus network.
LA Metro has announced updated plans to implement bus priority lanes along Florence Avenue in Los Angeles.
New York's MTA has revealed positive results from six months of data evaluating the Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has exercised options to purchase 24 additional Xcelsior CNG transit buses.
Sonoma County in Northern California has purchased ten battery-electric Proterra transit buses to replace ten compressed natural gas vehicles.
The FTA has announced nearly 1.7 billion USD in funding to help modernise US transit fleets with low- and no-emission buses.
The City of Annapolis, Maryland has purchased two BYD battery-electric K7M buses to start electrifying its fleet.
Washington Metro has broken ground on a new Northern Bus Garage that will be home to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet.
The Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN) has doubled its electric vehicle charging capacity using two shipping containers from BP Pulse.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has launched a RFP for the development of a new transit centre in Downtown Providence.
NFI's subsidiary, New Flyer of America will deliver 14 battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses to Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).
NFI subsidiary, New Flyer has been awarded a contract in Madison, Wisconsin to supply Metro Transit 46 electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG buses.
In Austin, Texas, CapMetro has exercised options to purchase 30 Heliox 180 kWh depot overhead chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions.
NFI has received a contract to supply 15 Xcelsior CHARGE NG and 54 clean-diesel Xcelsior buses to Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT).
NFI Group's subsidiary, Motor Coach Industries has delivered its first battery-electric J4500 coaches in North America.
GILLIG's 40-foot battery electric bus has received the highest-ever score for safety and reliability in the FTA Bus Test Program in Altoona.
The CDOT and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have completed work to improve and make permanent the Chicago Avenue bus lanes.
The Los Angeles Metro Board has approved a 180-million USD plan to implement a BRT network in the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor.
Houston METRO has contracted Perrone Robotics to provide its autonomous vehicle (AV) kit for the 'METRO Shuttle Bus of the Future'.
The Los Angeles Metro has announced that they will work with LADOT to implement three bus priority projects this month.
Metro Transit has celebrated the completion of its fifth bus rapid transit (BRT) service, with the opening of the D line in Minnesota.
The MTA has released a draft plan for the Brooklyn Bus Network Redesign to create a modern bus network that meets local transport demands.
Ahead of the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles is upgrading 3,000 bus shelters to high-tech mobility hubs.
NFI has received firm orders to supply 41 buses to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, with options to supply an additional 432 units.
MARTA Board of Directors has updated the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for State Route 54 in Clayton County to bus rapid transit (BRT).
BYD has delivered its third K9MD battery-electric bus to the San Francisco Muni Transit Association (SFMTA).
The MTA has accepted a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to deploy two hydrogen buses.
The NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) has commenced work on new bus-priority lanes along Northern Boulevard in Queens, New York.
WeGo Public Transit has celebrated the groundbreaking of the North Nashville Transit Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council has awarded Cincinnati Metro 13.4m USD for electric buses and to modernise its Bond Hill facility.
Milwaukee County Transit System has unveiled the first electric bus that will operate on its new MCTS CONNECT Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route.
Ohio State University will establish and operate a new testing centre for zero and and low-exhaust-emission public transport buses.
New York's MTA has selected The Mobility House to deploy its smart charging and energy management solution, ChargePilot, for NYCT buses.
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GILLIG has announced that 45 transit agencies across the US are investing recent federal awards in its clean-energy buses.
BYD has sold a further 3 electric buses to Columbia, Missouri, which has a population of 125,000 and is home to the University of Missouri.
SFMTA has awarded the predevelopment agreement (PDA) for the Potrero Yard Modernization Project to Potrero Neighborhood Collective (PNC).
MCDOT has opened the Brookville Smart Energy Depot, marking the completion of the largest solar bus charging project in the US.
Nova Bus has been awarded a contract to supply five LFSe+ 40-foot long-range battery electric buses to the New York State MTA.
The East Burnside Rose Lane project will improve speed and reliability for bus services on TriMet lines 12, 19, and 20 in Portland, Oregon.
Nuvve, Blue Bird and the Ramona Unified School District in San Diego County have unveiled eight electric V2G-enabled school buses.
A new project will use bidirectional electric bus charging to support a vehicle-to-building (V2B) resilience hub in Oakland.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) has unveiled its new fleet of BYD electric buses to serve passengers in wine country, California.
Pierce Transit has celebrated the groundbreaking of its Spanaway Transit Center, which will improve connections to Tacoma, Washington State.
NJ TRANSIT has unveiled its first battery electric bus, which will operate from the the Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden, New Jersey.
IndyGo has cut the ribbon on its first Super Stop, which will bring enhanced comfort and faster transit times for bus riders in Indianapolis.
NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner, Ydanis Rodriguez has cut the ribbon on new bus lanes along 21st Street in western Queens.
First Transit will operate the WRTA's autonomous shuttle bus pilot in partnership with Perrone Robotics and GreenPower Motor Company.
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Cincinnati Metro has launched a study to determine future bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors that will form a regional BRT network.
NFI has unveiled its zero-emission, electric high-floor commuter coach – the D45 CRT CHARGE – through its subsidiary, Motor Coach Industries.
SolTrans and Momentum Dynamics are celebrating Solano County’s first battery-electric highway bus and wireless inductive charger.
The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration has announced 6.5 million USD in funding for bus automation projects.
Santa Clara Valley VTA has signed an agreement to procure a fleet of GILLIG buses equipped with Allison eGen Flex electric hybrid propulsion.
To support its transition to operating a zero-emissions fleet by 2035, King County Metro is upgrading its bus facilities in Washington County.
Lightning eMotors has announced a second generation repower programme to convert 40-foot transit buses to battery-electric power.
Nova Bus has announced that its LFSe+ electric bus has successfully completed the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Bus Testing Program.
Letenda has received its first order of electric buses in the US with a contract for 4 Electrip buses for Vermont.
NFI has unveiled its latest hydrogen fuel cell-electric Xcelsior CHARGE FC transit bus, which will be distributed by its New Flyer subsidiary.
Proterra and El Dorado National (ENC) are collaborating to power ENC’s electric transit buses with Proterra’s battery technology.
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