by Tiana May
06 May 2022
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has ordered an additional eight NFI battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, expanding the agency’s zero-emission electric fleet to ten New Flyer electric buses.
The order also includes four ABB depot chargers from NFI Infrastructure Solutions to support the deployment of electric buses. The purchase is supported by funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and comes in the final year of a two-year contract originally announced in 2020.
“Since 2001, NFI has delivered over 165 transit buses to COTA. We are now are enabling its transition to zero-emission with high performance buses and infrastructure. Our Xcelsior CHARGE NG is our most advanced EV featuring a lightweight traction system, offering extended range, and incorporating up to 525kWh of power. Our mobility solutions are truly leading the “ZEvolution” – and COTA is at the forefront of North America’s transition.”
COTA provides public transit services in the greater Columbus and central Ohio region. Its latest order of NFI battery-electric buses advances the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan to be diesel-free by 2025 and builds upon previous purchases of NFI compressed natural gas transit buses.
The Xcelsior CHARGE NG features three technology advancements, including high-energy batteries that extend the vehicle’s range by up to 13 percent, advanced protective battery packaging for easy installation and serviceability, and a new lightweight electric traction drive system with up to 90 percent energy recovery.
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The North County Transit District (NCTD) has ordered six battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE NG transit buses from NFI.
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced 1.66 billion USD in grants to increase the number of zero-emission buses on US roads.
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IndyGo has officially launched the Lumin-Air state-of-the-art UV-C light air filtration system on its entire fleet of buses in service.
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New York's MTA has awarded a contract to Hayden AI to install 300 interior mounted Automated Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) camera systems.
PANYNJ has announced the selection of an architectural joint-venture to redevelop Midtown Bus Terminal, the world's busiest bus terminal.
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TriMet will launch its FX 2-Division line on 18 September to offer efficient bus services between Downtown Portland and Gresham in Oregon.
Flix SE has launched Flix North America to oversee operations for both Greyhound and FlixBus across North America.
PSTA has announced that its new SunRunner Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will open in the Tampa Bay region on 21 October 2022.
ENC is currently delivering 30 E-Z Rider II hybrid-electric buses to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).
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The Seattle Department of Transportation is constructing bus-only lanes to improve reliability some of Seattle's busiest routes.
Forsee Power, expert in smart battery systems, will establish its North American headquarters and gigafactory in Hilliard, Ohio.
New York City Mayor and the MTA have announced a new collaboration to improve bus services in New York City.
La Porte Community School Corporation (LPCSC) has partnered with Lumin-Air to install MERV-13 equivalent filters and UV-C in the district’s school buses.
NFI has announced that Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has ordered 95 Xcelsior forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses.
SamTrans has purchased 20 battery-electric buses and 10 hydrogen-fuel cell buses to provide zero-emission transport in San Mateo County.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has deployed its first four electric buses after a launch ceremony on 23 May 2022.
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Greater Portland METRO and BSOOB Transit have added four battery-electric Proterra ZX5 buses to their fleets in Southern Maine.
Twin Transit has ordered two additional WAVE wireless chargers to support its electric bus operations in Centralia and Chehalis, Washington.
NFI is delivering battery-electric buses to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, New York’s CDTA, and California’s Santa Barbara MTD.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has contracted NFI to supply the agency's first seven zero-emission electric buses.
The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) has celebrated the start of construction on an overhead electric bus charging system in South Bay.
TriMet’s Board of Directors has approved resolutions to initiate TriMet’s first bulk purchase of battery-electric buses in Portland, Oregon.
The US Federal Transit Administration has recognised the efforts of 10 transit agencies who are tackling climate change.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) launched its first electric buses on 22 April in celebration of Earth Day.
Community Transit has celebrated the start of construction on the Swift Orange BRT Line in Snohomish County, Washington.
The US FTA has published a $1 million NOFO for an initiative to generate power from electric and fuel cell-powered buses.
Siemens has manufactured charging infrastructure for two of North Carolina's largest transit agencies to aid their electrification efforts.
Pace has awarded a contract to Proterra for 20 Proterra ZX5 Max electric transit buses and two Proterra megawatt-scale fleet chargers.
On 1 April, SFMTA cut the ribbon on San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Van Ness Avenue.
King County Metro has celebrated the opening of a new electric bus charging facility, enabling the launch of their battery-electric bus fleet.
The MTA has released a RFP to facilitate the development of an electric bus charging facility on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.
NJ TRANSIT has announced that the charging infrastructure for their first 8 electric buses has been installed at Newton Avenue Bus Garage.
Sound Transit has secured 15.9 million USD in federal funding for the Stride BRT lines, which will improve bus services in the region.
AVTA and CARB have celebrated AVTA's achievement in becoming the first all-electric transit agency in North America.
NJ TRANSIT has contracted AECOM to design infrastructure for battery electric buses at Hilton Garage for the garage modernisation programme.
The Biden-Harris Administration and the US DoT have announced $1.47 billion in competitive grant funds to modernise bus fleets and facilities.
Indianapolis College & Career Preparatory School, Providence Cristo Rey, is equipping their school buses with MERV-13 equivalent filtration from Lumin-Air.
Construction is underway on the MBTA's sustainable Quincy Bus Maintenance Facility, which will aid the transition to a zero-emission fleet.
IndyGo has celebrated the start of construction for BRT Purple Line that will connect Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence.
Elected leaders in Kansas and Missouri have proposed a 24-mile regional rapid transit corridor to connect three major cities.
The Chicago Transit Authority has announced a roadmap for the full-electrification of Chicago's bus system by 2040.
SFMTA has announced that the first battery electric buses are now in revenue service as part of a pilot programme in San Francisco.
SEPTA has awarded a contract to NFI for 220 Xcelsior® hybrid-electric buses, with options to purchase 120 additional buses within five years.
Nova Bus has announced its largest electric bus contract to date from Houston METRO, initially supplying 20 LFSe+ towards a fleet of 1,300.
Red Dot Digital Media has completed a Metro corridor rebuild project, installing digital kiosks for the Transit Authority of River City.
NFI has been selected as an approved state supplier of electric transit buses and charging infrastructure for the State of Florida.
The SFMTA Board of Directors has voted to make the majority of Temporary Emergency Transit Lane projects in San Francisco permanent.
SBCAG and Caltrans have debuted a zero-emissions intercity bus to serve commuters in Santa Barbara County.
MTA has partnered with CitySwift to implement high-tech solutions for improving passenger experience and reducing carbon emissions.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has committed 109 million USD to upgrade and modernise bus operations.
SFMTA and Golden Gate Transit have completed testing for bus operations ahead of the Van Ness BRT corridor opening in spring 2022.
Santa Clara Valley's VTA will install a clean energy microgrid and fleet charging system with Proterra and Scale Microgrid Solutions.
MVTA is now using Optibus’ Planning, Scheduling, and Rostering modules for services in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
VTA has released details of their Downtown Transportation Plan to prioritise buses and make San José a more sustainable city.
SunLine Transit has installed a new liquid hydrogen pump that provides a mobile solution for charging the agency's fuel cell bus fleet.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Council formally launched in the US to promote hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses in public transit.
GreenPower are set to open a manufacturing facility in West Virginia to produce zero-emission, all-electric school buses.
Iteris has been awarded a 6.8M subcontract to upgrade and expand LA Metro's vehicle-to-infrastructure connected bus signal priority system.
Mountain Line has announced that 40% of their bus fleet is now battery electric, coinciding with the agency’s celebration of Clean Air Month.
GILLIG has announced a partnership with RR.AI to develop advanced driver assistance systems for their North American transit buses.
CALSTART has published its annual inventory of zero-emission buses in the US, revealing an increase of 27% since 2020.
RTD has completed their Improvement Project along the Colfax corridor, providing transit signal priority and upgrades to bus shelters.
The MTA have announced plans to redevelop the Jamaica Bus Depot in Queens to enable a zero-emissions fleet of up to 60 electric buses.
Lumin-Air has been selected by the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to outfit the agency’s bus fleet with MERV-13 equivalent filtration.
Federal approval has been given on METRO's 15-mile Purple line, which will operate with electric buses in dedicated transit lanes.
Driver training has begun on San Diego's Bus on Shoulder pilot program aiming to improve reliability for the South Bay Rapid transit service.
BYD will build eight K9M battery-electric buses for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, the largest all-electric bus fleet in the nation.
New bus lanes and transit-signal priority are now operating in Soundview, South Bronx to give priority to MTA buses.
The U.S DoT has provided Napa Valley Transportation Authority with a $19.92 million loan for the Vine Bus Maintenance Facility Project.
AMPLY Power has partnered with school bus company, Pioneer Transportation, to bring more electric-powered school buses to New York City.
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Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) has selected Heliox’s 180kW chargers to support the City’s first electric bus fleet.
IndyGo has partnered with Lumin-Air to install state-of-the-art air filtration systems in all its fixed route, BRT and paratransit buses.
LADOT will install one of the largest EV fleet charging systems in the United States that will be powered by a solar and storage microgrid.
The RTC of Southern Nevada has awarded NFI subsidiary New Flyer a new contract for 30 CNG buses, with options to purchase up to 100 additional buses.
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