Saturday, June 4, 2011
NYC MTA annouces major "built in NY" bus order
Bus Contract Keeps 220 Jobs in Plattsburgh
The MTA Board this week approved the purchase of 328 low-floor articulated buses to be manufactured in Upstate New York by Nova Bus.
The clean-diesel, high-capacity buses will contain a substantial level of local content and be built in Plattsburgh, protecting 220 jobs and helping to provide a healthy boost to the economy across the state.
“This bus procurement tells a very exciting story about the impact that our Capital Program has on economic development across New York State,” said MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder. “Thanks to steady work from the MTA Capital Program, Nova now operates a facility in Plattsburgh, creating jobs and economic activity that would not be in New York without the MTA Capital Program.”
The buses will be similar to a 90-bus evaluation fleet that began operation in May 2009 and now provides service along NYC Transit’s two Select Bus Service (SBS) routes. With ease of boarding and additional capacity, low-floor, articulated buses are a major component of the MTA’s plan to bring bus service into the 21st century for the more than 2.7 million customers who depend upon it each day. Nova Bus is currently the only manufacturer with a low floor, articulated bus structurally qualified for purchase by NYC Transit.
The contract for the purchase is valued at $231 million and will be paid for with capital funds. An important part of the contract negotiation was content. As a result, Nova has committed to a 38% New York state content and will strive to increase that figure to 39.5%.