Omaha Metro launches enhanced Bus Rapid Transit service with order of CNG buses
 

August 9, 2019. The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha (Metro) has issued a new order for ten compressed natural gas (CNG) Xcelsior® sixty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses (20 equivalent units or EUs). The order follows a 2018 purchase of 19 New Flyer buses.

   Metro’s low-emission bus order bolsters its vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Omaha while supporting the launch of its new bus rapid transit (BRT) route known as the Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT). The ORBT experience unites smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation and features onboard GPS, WiFi, and mobile fare payment upgrades, to allow payment via Metro’s app.

   “As North America’s BRT leader and the only manufacturer offering a complete range of clean propulsion systems in both conventional and articulated transit buses, New Flyer is proud to have once again been selected by Omaha Metro – this time for its new progressive ORBT service,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer. “CNG powered buses reduce fleet NOx (nitrogen oxides) emissions by 90% over conventional diesel-powered vehicles. Since 1994, New Flyer has delivered nearly 13,000 CNG buses, and we know our buses will serve Omaha with the greatest accessibility and cleaner air for their community.”

   Metro delivers 100% ADA accessible fixed route and express/commuter bus public transit within the city limits of Omaha, Nebraska, providing over 4.5 million passenger trips per year.