On April 26, 2018, Nova Bus, Volvo Group’s North American bus division, announced it has been awarded a five year contract to supply replacement public transit buses for use in Monroe County, NY by Regional Transit Service (RTS). The contract calls for an initial base order of up to 15 diesel fueled, 40-foot buses with up to a total of 85 over the life of the contract. The new vehicles will be fully assembled in Nova Bus’ Plattsburgh plant, with first deliveries expected in 2019.
“We are delighted to welcome RTS among our new customers. Our presence in New York State is constantly growing, mainly due to the quality of our buses, as well as to the level of support our service department provides. We are also very proud to offer transit users in Monroe County, buses that are entirely assembled in New York State,” said Martin Larose, Vice President and General Manager of Nova Bus.
“After a comprehensive evaluation process, Nova Bus rose to the top and we are happy to enter into this contract with them,” said RTS CEO Bill Carpenter. “We look forward to working with Nova Bus over the next few years to replace buses in our fleet that have reached the end of their useful life and make it easier for our customers to enjoy the ride.”
This order comes after a rigorous tendering process that included a visit to the Nova Bus manufacturing plant to better understand its assembly line and quality assurance processes. The assessment team was able to observe the quality of the product, the complexity of its design, its physical features, and the training and technical support Nova Bus provides customers.
Nova Bus is the only transit bus manufacturer with a plant in New York State. It generates nearly
300 direct jobs in the region and supports many indirect jobs, working with a network of more than 100 local suppliers in New York State. Its geographic proximity to Rochester and understanding of the business environment further strengthen relations between Nova Bus and public transit authorities across North America.