New Flyer of America, Inc. announced yesterday that Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), operated by Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works, has awarded them a new contract for 140 Xcelsior® compressed natural gas (CNG) transit buses. Over the last two years, MDT has ordered over 300 CNG buses from New Flyer. This newest addition brings their total count to 560 CNG buses, which is about three quarters of the entire Metrobus fleet.
These new buses will replace older, end-of-life diesel vehicles with a low-emission and more efficient alternative. With clean, safe, and readily available technology, CNG propulsion emits 90% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) than diesel engines – and meets particulate matter levels without the need of a filter.
“Replacing the County’s aging bus fleet with cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles, such as Compressed Natural Gas 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.”
Miami-Dade Transit is the primary public transit authority of Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the greater Miami area, providing service from Miami Beach and Key Biscayne to West Miami-Dade, as far north as Broward County and as far south as Homestead, Florida City, and the Middle Keys. It is the largest transit system in Florida and the fifteenth largest public transit system in America, delivering over 80 million passenger trips per year.
Find out more information about New Flyer and their Xcelsior® buses here.