SEPTA, aka Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, awarded a 3-year contract to NovaBus for 90 forty-foot buses and 155 sixty-foot buses. Of the 155 sixty-foot buses, 70 are to be sixty-foot hybrid articulated buses, and 85 are to be sixty-foot clean diesel articulated buses to NovaBus.
SEPTA may later secure funding to get 85 hybrid sixty-foot articulated buses instead of the 85 sixty-foot clean diesel articulated buses.
According to the SEPTA board agenda, which was held on March 22nd, NovaBus has been officially awarded the contract for the new sixty-foot and forty-foot buses. This not only is SEPTA’s first order from NovaBus but also the first time since 2001 that SEPTA awarded a major contract to a company other than New Flyer.
The arrival date of the first buses is currently unknown. For more details and related discussion on SEPTA’s new bus contract with NovaBus, stay with this thread in Philadelphia Transit Forums: Next Bus Order: NovaBus – Philadelphia Transit Vehicles