Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a U.S. subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers, announced today that NJ TRANSIT issued a purchase order for year four of its six-year contract to manufacture and deliver 183 Commuter Coaches.
MCI will begin production of year four coaches starting in September of 2019. The MCI Commuter Coaches will be powered by Cummins’ next-generation X12 clean-diesel engine, which generates less noise, fewer parts, greater fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions that comply with the latest Clean Air Act amendments. The coach features a 57-seat configuration, is Wi-Fi ready, seatbelt-equipped and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
MCI has served NJ TRANSIT since 1983 delivering 2,944 high-floor commuter coaches over the past three decades. In 2015, MCI was awarded a new six-year contract for a total potential order of 1,222 fully-accessible, ADA compliant commuter coaches of which 550 have been delivered to date. MCI also provides field service for the coaches from its service center located in Blackwood, New Jersey, and spare parts support from the NFI Parts distribution center in East Brunswick, New Jersey.
MCI Vice president of Public Sector Tom Wagner said: “We are extremely proud of our long-standing history with NJ TRANSIT. Our goal is to continue to excel at providing high-quality, reliable, low cost of operation coaches that offer unsurpassed passenger comfort and safety for riders on NJ TRANSIT’s over-the-road express route service today and in the future.”
NJ TRANSIT is the third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit in the United States, linking major points in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. The agency operates a fleet of more than 2,200 buses covering some 255 routes. With its full complement of buses, trains and light rail vehicles, NJ TRANSIT completes over 277 million passenger trips each year. In January 2019, NJ TRANSIT awarded New Flyer, also a subsidiary of the NFI Group, a contract for up to 170, sixty-foot, clean diesel Xcelsior® heavy-duty transit buses to be delivered in 2019 and 2020.
(Press Release from MCI)