Daimler Buses Awarded a 60-Bus Order from Long Island Bus with a Confirmed Option for 40 Additional Buses
Oriskany, N.Y. (April 17, 2007) – Daimler Buses North America was awarded an initial order for 60 Orion VII Next Generation Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit buses for The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Long Island Bus, and further received confirmed options for 40 buses.
“We are very pleased to once again be selected by Long Island Bus to be their transit bus provider for their next delivery of buses,” said Patrick Scully, chief commercial officer for Daimler Buses North America. “Most important with this current order is Long Island Bus’ move to low floor buses, which we look forward to working closely and assisting them in introducing this important new technology to their customers. This order also complements the 850 unit order which we received from New York City Transit, Long Island’s sister agency at NY MTA.”
Serving approximately 96 Long Island communities, the MTA Long Island Bus provides convenient service throughout Nassau County, Western Suffolk County and into Eastern Queens. In 1992, Long Island Bus began replacing its diesel bus fleet with buses operating using CNG fuel. Now, the Long Island Bus fleet is made up mostly of clean air, Orion CNG-fueled buses. Combined with the efforts of the New York City Transit division of the MTA, New York City and Nassau County have the cleanest public transportation in the United States outside of California.
Introduced to the transit market earlier in 2007, the Orion VII Next Generation uses the same proven platform of the Orion VII with a new, redefined, European-inspired exterior design and an improved ergonomic driver’s area. The sleeker style provides a more modern design, giving the Next Generation plenty of curb appeal.