April 28, 2020. Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), operated by Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works, has awarded a new contract to New Flyer for 140 Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) forty-foot, heavy-duty transit buses.
The buses will replace older, end-of-life diesel vehicles with low-emission and more efficient buses that deliver increased sustainability in the community. Since 1994, New Flyer, alongside NFI sister companies MCI and ARBOC, has delivered over 1,350 buses to Miami-Dade Transit, including over 300 CNG transit buses over the past two years.
“We are proud to continue supporting Miami-Dade Transit with an additional fleet of high quality transit buses that deliver a safe, clean, and reliable ridership experience,” said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer of America. “New Flyer’s Xcelsior CNG buses conform to Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Comprehensive Heavy-Duty National Program standards, reducing fuel consumption for heavy-duty highway vehicles.”
“Replacing the County’s aging bus fleet with cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles, such as CNG buses, has been one of my main priorities and represents a key milestone for public transportation in Miami-Dade,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “By upgrading the County’s Metrobus fleet with CNG buses, we’re realizing a cost-effective approach to lowering our fuel and maintenance costs; and at the same time, it allows us to receive Renewable Fuels Standard Credit through the Environmental Protection Agency providing additional fuel cost savings to Miami-Dade County.”
“The additional 140 buses from New Flyer of America will bring the total number of CNG vehicles in our Metrobus fleet to 560 new buses, which is approximately three quarters of the entire Metrobus fleet. This means that more and more Metrobus customers are getting to enjoy a comfortable, quiet and reliable ride on the brand-new fleet of CNG buses,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of Transportation and Public Works for Miami-Dade County.