Warwick, RI According to RIPTA‘s Twitter post, a brand new 2022 New Flyer XE40 was on display for the NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) Expo at Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island. This is the first of 14 electric buses to be built by New Flyer for RIPTA. Once deployed later this year, these buses will operate exclusively on the R-Line.
In 2021, RIPTA announced they would be ordering 14 electric buses from New Flyer Industries to operate on the R-Line. Along with these buses, they also are to build in-route charging facilities.
RIPTA currently operates three leased electric buses from Proterra, which mostly operate on the R-Line as well. The lease on those buses is set to expire this year.
Once these New Flyer XE40s enter service, they will go down as RIPTA’s first fully-owned fleet of electric buses, as well as RIPTA’s first New Flyer Xcelsiors.