Washington provides new start for NABI

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A 60ft articulated BRT built at NABI’s Anniston, Alabama facility
A 60ft articulated BRT built at NABI’s Anniston, Alabama facility

USA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded NABI Bus, LLC, now a subsidiary of Canada’s New Flyer, a contract for up to 654 (725 equivalent units or EUs) NABI Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)- styled 42-foot and 60-foot buses with driveline options including: diesel-electric hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG).

The contract contains a firm order for 85 NABI BRT-styled diesel-electric hybrid 42-foot buses and options of up to 498 42-foot NABI BRT-styled diesel-electric hybrid or CNG buses and up to 71 (142 EUs) 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses over a five-year contract period.

“We are thrilled about our recent acquisition of NABI and this award reinforces the opportunity we have to provide a broader product and support offering and create better value for our customers,” said Paul Soubry, President and CEO of New Flyer. Soubry added: “WMATA operates both New Flyer and NABI buses and collectively we have delivered 1,046 buses to WMATA since 1995. We are very impressed with NABI products and personnel, and compliment them on this contract award from WMATA.”

Brian Dewsnup, Vice President and GM of NABI said: “Following its introduction in 2005, the NABI BRT-styled buses have become the industry leading model in its class.” The order for 85 BRT buses is scheduled to enter production in the first quarter of 2014 and are expected to be delivered by June 2014. All buses will be manufactured in NABI’s Anniston, Alabama facility.