Omaha Metro lowers emissions with fully-accessible CNG buses

July 25, 2018. The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha (Omaha Metro) has awarded New Flyer with an order for eighteen 35-foot Xcelsior® heavy-duty transit buses. The new buses, awarded in three separate orders, are a combination of compressed natural gas (CNG), which produces fewer pollutants than other types of fuel, and clean diesel, which uses a four-step process to filter harmful emissions.

   The buses are also low-floor vehicles capable of “kneeling”, making the boarding process more convenient and fully accessible, while maintaining Omaha Metro’s 100 percent ADA accessible fleet. The order will replace older, existing buses with more efficient models.

   “These new buses help Omaha Metro provide a transportation system that is citizen-focused, efficient, and well-managed,” said Curt Simon, Executive Director of Omaha Metro.

   The buses are a part of Omaha Metro’s plan to reduce fleet emissions through replacement. In the last few months, Omaha Metro has replaced nine paratransit vans with CNG-powered vehicles and is in the process of installing 50 durable, solar-powered bus shelters. Upcoming improvements include GPS bus tracking and onboard Wi-Fi.

   Metro is responsible for the operation of fixed route, express/commuter bus downtown weekday rush hour, and Americans with Disabilities Act Complementary Paratransit Service within the city limits of Omaha. Its mass transit system includes approximately 4,000 posted bus stops and delivers over 4.5 million rides per year.