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November 21, 2012

Nova Bus wins $48 million contract

70 buses for Houston to be assembled in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Nova Bus has won a $48 million contract to build 70 articulated buses for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County to serve Houston, Texas.

The order will be assembled at Nova Bus’ plant in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Nova Bus President and CEO Gilles Dion said the deal represents a tremendous opportunity to expand the company’s presence in the Southwest.

“We’ve been privileged to be able to demonstrate our product quality and customer support during a six-month trial period, and we look forward to making this partnership a mutual success,” he said in a press release.

The new high-capacity buses will be used to renew Harris County’s bus fleet and will be put into regular service. The articulated vehicles will be able to carry up to 112 passengers along any city streets, as the design provides maneuverability similar to 40-foot buses. 

Nova Bus’ LFS Artic buses are currently in operation in large urban centers, including New York City and Montreal.

The vehicles will come equipped with Nova Bus’ proprietary electric engine cooling system, which provides significant fuel savings, reduced greenhouse-gas emissions and competitive life-cycle costs. The vehicles will also feature Nova Bus’ latest transit bus interior, a design based on client and focus-group feedback as well as inspired by other industries such as aerospace and rail transportation.

‘A GREAT PRODUCT’

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas welcomed the announcement. 

“This latest success for Nova, on top of other contracts they have secured this year and the major contracts awarded to Bombardier in recent months, are really putting the North Country’s transportation equipment cluster on a roll,” he said by email. “This bodes well not only for Nova but for the many suppliers and vendors in the region who will be a direct part of delivering on this contract and the others.”

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