By Sarah Klein
Winnipeg bus manufacturer New Flyer will deliver 23 new buses to the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority in Columbia, South Carolina.
The option in an existing contract was exercise for an additional 15 35-foot Xcelsior buses and eight 40-foot Xcelsior buses.
The buses will replace some of the existing fleet in The Comet transit system, upgrading older buses that are ready for retirement to the Xcelsior platform. The eight 40-foot Xcelsior buses will be used to expand the existing fleet.
Ridership along The Comet has grown by nearly 150 percent in four years.
Once delivered, CMRTA has an option to purchase up to an additional 44 Xcelsior clean diesel or compressed natural gas 40- or 35-foot buses over the five-year contract period.