December 19, 2013

Nova Bus lands another contract

PLATTSBURGH — Nova Bus has been awarded a $194.4 million contract for 414 buses for New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The buses will be manufactured at the company’s facility on Banker Road in the Town of Plattsburgh, where about 200 people are employed.

The Transit Authority Board of Directors approved the purchase at its meeting Wednesday morning.

Jim Tooley, head of industrial strategy at the Plattsburgh plant, welcomed the board’s decision.

“It’s really delightful news to receive at this time of year,” he said, adding that the two sides have to follow up with some administrative steps before an order to proceed is issued.

The award is part of a 690-bus order, with the remaining buses to be built by Winnipeg-based New Flyer. The awards include an option for up to 700 additional buses.


Nova Bus is scheduled to deliver four 40-foot Low Floor pilot buses for testing in October 2014.

Delivery of production buses is scheduled to start in March 2015 and end in February 2016, pending decisions on the optional buses.

“This positions the company and its employees very favorably through early 2016,” Tooley said.


Nova Bus and its related company, Prevost Car, have landed several contracts this year that will be manufactured in Plattsburgh. 

Nova received a $148 million contract for 300 buses from the Chicago Transit Authority in May, and Prevost secured a $164.8 million contract for 300 buses from the MTA in July.

Tooley said work on those contracts is expected to start next year.

Nova also received a $7 million order for 16 buses for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority and a $48 million contract with the MTA of Harris County (Houston) for 70 buses, both of which have been completed.


The MTA solicited bids for the job in January.

The selection criteria, in descending order of importance, were overall project cost, New York state content, overall quality of proposer and product and other relevant matters, according to the MTA website. 

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