Washington Metro upgrades fleet with up to 694 new CNG and diesel buses

July 5, 2018. New Flyer of America will deliver up to 694 heavy-duty Xcelsior transit buses (or 788 equivalent units) to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) as part of a five-year contract award.

   The contract will comprise forty-foot compressed natural gas (CNG), forty-foot clean diesel, sixty-foot CNG, and sixty-foot diesel heavy-duty transit buses to support WMATA’s goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and further deliver on high-capacity WMATA routes, with the sixty-foot buses offering 115-passenger capacity. Funding was supported by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants.

   WMATA’s Metrobus, the sixth busiest bus agency in America, provides more than 100 million trips per year in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Since 2001, New Flyer has delivered nearly 1,400 buses to WMATA, with propulsions including electric hybrid, zero-emission battery-electric, and low-emission CNG.