Philadelphia, PA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has approved the purchase of 220 new hybrid buses from New Flyer industries. After an order of 525 New Flyer Xcelsiors, for a total of 1,708 New Flyer Buses built for SEPTA so far, it’s no surprise that SEPTA would continue to work with New Flyer for a future order.
These buses will be diesel-electric hybrid buses as we are used to by now, but unlike before, these buses will use the BAE systems HYBRIDRIVE as opposed to the Allison H 40 EP that SEPTA has been getting for the past decade and a half. These buses are to begin arriving in August 2022, and will replace the 2005-2006 New Flyer D40LF buses, numbered 8000 to 8119, and the 2008 New Flyer DE40LF Hybrid-Electric buses, numbered 8120 to 8219.
SEPTA is also considering an additional 120 buses to also replace the 2009 New Flyer DE40LFs numbered 8220-8339. There’s no word on the numbering of these buses, but they’re likely to be revealed next year as well. Stay Tuned for future updates on the topic.