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New York Adds 2,000 Buses; Agency to Invest $1.3 Billion in New Flyer Vehicles

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced plans to add 2,042 state-of-the-art buses from New Flyer Industries to its transportation fleet over the next five years—a $1.3 billion investment of MTA Capital Program resources.

At a recent event, New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast and MTA New York City Transit President Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim introduced the next-generation vehicles. The new buses, which will begin operating next month, offer passenger amenities including USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi hotspots, and a pilot program to install digital information screens on 200 buses will begin this year.

“We’re reimagining the MTA to improve services for all New Yorkers,” said Cuomo. “Today’s world demands connectivity and we’re meeting that challenge with state-of-the-art buses and a major overhaul of the MTA’s fleet. This upgrade will create a stronger, more convenient and more connected mass transit system for years to come.”

Prendergast said, “Wireless connectivity is prevalent in the lives of our customers. More and more people are using Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and e-book readers on a daily basis and the MTA can accommodate this growing trend by introducing high-speed connectivity and charging ports on board MTA buses. We are fully committed to meeting Gov. Cuomo’s challenge head-on to ensure the entire MTA is focused on delivering improvements to the people who rely on us every day.”

New Flyer Industries is planning to open a new facility in western New York in November to assemble major components on these buses, generating 30 new jobs in the state.

Announcing the bus order, from left: Thomas Prendergast, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Ronnie Hakim.
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