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MCI to Build 332 More Commuter Coaches for NJ Transit

New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) has authorized an option on a contract with Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., to purchase an additional 332 MCI 45-foot commuter coaches for an estimated $166 million.

The contract, signed in July 2015, was originally for 772 new commuter coaches. This additional order increased the total number of approved purchases to 1,104 over the next six years with a total value of approximately $561 million.

MCI is currently delivering three test buses to NJ Transit. Following a successful in-service evaluation and funding approval, a purchase order is expected for the first year of production.

“The MCI Commuter Coach provides a high level of reliability and enhanced passenger riding comfort for NJ Transit and we’re proud the agency has once again called on us to assist with rejuvenating their fleet,” said Patrick Scully, MCI executive vice president of sales and marketing and chair of APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors. “As passenger demographics continue to change and passengers look for an upscale ridership experience, MCI will be there to supply the latest safety technology with enhanced in-cabin amenities that draw ridership.”

The new 57-seat coaches will be Wi-Fi ready, seatbelt equipped, ADA compliant and will deliver reduced exhaust emissions as required by the ­latest Clean Air Act amendment.

The relationship between MCI and NJ Transit began in 1982 with a contract for 700 MC-9 cruiser buses in 1982. In 2000, the agency awarded MCI the largest public transit order in North American bus manufacturing history, a contract for 1,400 vehicles.
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