Nova Bus has secured an order for 600 clean diesel buses from Chicago Transit. PHOTO: Nova BusClick image to enlargeNova Bus, a Montreal-based transit bus manufacturer has confirmed an order from the Chicago Transit Board to purchase up to 600 new, 40-foot clean-diesel buses.

The board will initially purchase at least 100 buses with options to purchase an additional 500 clean-diesel buses, which will enable CTA to maintain safe and reliable service while gradually retiring the oldest buses in its fleet. The CTA expects first prototypes in the coming months with deliveries beginning in early 2022.

"We are proud to continue providing transportation to our long-time partner, the City of Chicago, with our industry-leading LFS buses offering high capacity mobility solutions," said Martin Larose, vice-president and general manager at Nova Bus. "As public transit agencies demonstrate their incredible efforts to help continue to provide a critical lifeline to essential workers and to help communities begin to rebuild the economy, we are committed to delivering solutions that make sense for their daily operations and to once again have CTA's confidence to accompany them in this journey. "

The new 40-foot LFS buses will be similar to those added to the CTA fleet in 2018, but offer a host of features to improve the customer experience and promote safety, including improvements to the wheelchair ramps at the front door, a larger surface area and a reduced slope, making it easier for wheelchairs to use.

"This is another acknowledgment of Québec's expertise and excellence in reliable transportation. Québec is a world-class leader in sustainable transportation solutions, and we will continue to actively support companies like Nova Bus in their endeavors in the Midwest," says Martine Hébert, a Québec business delegate covering the U.S. Midwest.

CTA's bus system consists of 140 routes that make over 25,000 trips daily and serve nearly 12,000 bus stops throughout the Chicago region. CTA bus routes serve communities locally, move people across town, and several express services are provided.

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