Nova Bus will build 125 more transit buses for the Chicago Transit Authority.
The CTA said Tuesday it plans to implement an option of up to $68.4 million on its original 2013 order for 300 buses. The initial one was valued at up to $148 million.
The option requires final approval by its Board of Directors at a meeting set for today.
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said the decision to exercise the option was welcome news for Nova Bus and the North Country.
“Nova entered the U.S. market just several years ago, using its modern, efficient Plattsburgh base to win major contracts and change the bus market nationally,” he said.
“Now, having a major option like this one exercised shows real satisfaction with Nova’s product. Congratulations to Nova and their outstanding workforce.”
REFRESHING THE FLEET
The CTA has already added more than 230 buses from the original order to its fleet.
It expects to receive the first of the buses built under the option as early as May 2016.
The new buses are part of Chicago’s efforts to modernize its fleet, intended to replace vehicles that were purchased between 2000 and 2002.
“Our goal is always to provide our customers with a safe, clean and reliable service, while also maintaining fiscal responsibility,” CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. said in a press release.
“By purchasing additional new buses, we’re improving the customer experience and providing more reliable service by ridding our fleet of the oldest vehicles, which are at the point of requiring frequent and costly repairs.”
Each of the 40-foot, low-floor, clean-diesel buses features modern LED lighting, multiple security cameras and improved fuel economy.
The buses comply with the latest Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards and meet or exceed all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, the press release said, including two mobility device securement spots and an all-electric ramp with a decreased slope for easier access.
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett also welcomed the news. He said it showcases the region’s continued emergence as a center for the manufacture of transportation equipment.
“I’m pleased to see that buses produced by Nova in the Town of Plattsburgh are valued by its customers,” he said.
“This order will help secure existing positions at the company and encourage (the firm) to continue to seek new contracts.”
In addition to the Chicago contract, Nova received a 2013 order for 414 buses to be built in Plattsburgh for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Its sister company, Prevost, secured an order for 300 buses to be built in Plattsburgh for the MTA that same year.