By Dan Heath, Press-Republican, October 12, 2016
Nova Bus is in the midst of building 525 buses here for two metropolitan transit authorities in Texas.
The order from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio calls for 425 40-foot CNG (compressed natural gas) buses.
And the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston has ordered 80 40-foot Nova LFS buses and 20 60-foot LFS Artic (articulated) buses.
“This is another milestone in our history of partnership for excellence in public transportation in Texas using vehicles that will help these progressive cities meet their sustainability objectives,” he said.
“Nova Bus is proud of its leadership position in green transportation solutions.”
The company declined to provide the value of the two contracts.
The plant on Banker Road in the Town of Plattsburgh employs about 280 workers at present.
MOST GREEN EVER
Delivery of the San Antonio order is expected to start in November. It supports that city’s transit authority’s ongoing conversion to a fleet entirely made up of compressed-natural-gas-powered vehicles.
The San Antonio Business Journal reported last month that the transit authority awarded a $10.9 million contract to Trillium CNG for a 10-lane compressed-natural-gas fueling station. That station would be part of the city-owned natural-gas grid operated by CPS Energy, which is expected to be completely operational by next spring.
The new buses are billed as the most environmentally friendly ever manufactured by Nova Bus.
They also feature advanced technology, such as GPS tracking, passenger counting, security cameras and public-information video screens.
The Houston order continues a relationship that started with an order for 70 articulated buses. The new one is part of that transit authority’s special replacement and expansion project.
The new order was fast tracked, and delivery has already started.
CREDIT TO WORKFORCE
“Our congratulations to our partners at Nova Bus and also to NYSEG, which is working with us and the company toward the fuel access at the site that will fully support CNG bus production in Plattsburgh.
“Special thanks as well to Congresswoman (Elise) Stefanik and Sens. (Charles) Schumer and (Kirsten) Gillibrand for the new federal transportation bill passed last December, which is helping to get new contract opportunities out into the market.”
Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said town officials are pleased to see a great product manufactured right here in Plattsburgh headed out across the country.
“Nova Bus continues to be a strong community partner in our transportation equipment manufacturing cluster,” he said. “Several months ago, I had the good fortune to visit the plant on a tour.
“I continue to be impressed by the quality and craftsmanship that is going into the product.”