USA: Volvo-owned Nova Bus has won the contract to supply 300 Nova LFS Smart Buses for the Chicago Transit Authority with an option for 150 more.
The CTA will pay up to $148m for 300 buses, manufactured at the Nova Bus plant in Plattsburgh, New York State. Full production is expected to begin next February.
The 40ft-long buses have been specified with LED lighting, multiple security cameras and promise improved fuel efficiency.
As part of CTA’s bus modernisation plan, the LFS Smart Bus will replace older Nova LFSs CTA has had in service for 14 years.
“We look forward to helping CTA modernise its fleet to provide a reliable and world-class service,” said Jean-Pierre Baracat, President of Nova Bus.
“Continued investment and upkeep of our bus fleet is critical in keeping Chicago moving,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “These buses will replace existing buses nearing the end of their useful life and will ensure the CTA continues to provide safe and reliable service through a modernised fleet.”