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Milwaukee County Transit System (“MCTS”) has awarded New Flyer a contract for 90 Xcelsior diesel 40-foot heavy-duty buses.

The contract for 90 Xcelsior XD40 buses contains a firm order of 55 buses with options for an additional 35 buses. The 55 buses are anticipated to begin production in the first quarter of 2013. All buses are expected to be delivered by the summer of 2013.

MCTS and New Flyer have a longstanding partnership, built over the last 16 years with 691 New Flyer buses built over that time span. With an active fleet size today of approximately 409 buses delivered, MCTS currently operates a 100% New Flyer fleet.

“This bus order will be MCTS first experience with New Flyer’s Xcelsior model.

http://www.newflyer....milwaukee_award

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I've updated the MCTS Wiki page to reflect delivery of the 5500-series XD40s and to correct the powertrains on the 5100-5300 series buses (which are Allison transmissions, not Voiths). Any help in clarifying the status of the older New Flyers would be appreciated.

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I can't help with the status of any MCTS buses but I want to say thanks for your wiki work! I appreciate all of the wiki editors.

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Photos of 5603 (new XD40) featured in a bizjournal article:

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2015/09/what-do-you-get-for-460-000-see-one-of-milwaukee.html#g4

Includes interior shots and the Cummins ISL in the back.

Interesting that they've switched to the Freedman/4ONE Angel model seat vs. the old standard American Seating 6468 model. I assume it is cheaper to just buy the entire interior from Freedman once you get the Q-Pod option for the mobility device securements. Hard to tell, but it looks like they're still using straight plexi for the rear section windows. I guess the vandalism on their buses is still pretty bad.

Nice find, thanks for sharing.

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You're welcome! Here's another story:

Source: http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2015/10/03/county-transit-unveils-new-line-of-buses/

While the new buses look cosmetically the same as the old ones, the interior has seen many upgrades. The doors have switched to an electronic smart door system that will open automatically. The rear door, which previously had to be pushed in order to be opened when the bus was stopped, now features a touch sensor.

“You can say ‘open sesame’ in front of the sensors and the door will open,” said Schultz.

While the doors are the change most passengers will notice right away, there are a few other improvements as well. The new buses are equipped with RELS technology, which stands for Reduced Engine Load at Stop. RELS allows the transmission to switch to a reduced load state while the vehicle is stopped, much like shifting a car into neutral. This change aims to reduce the amount of fuel consumed and pollution expelled by buses.

The new bus also has improved air disc brakes, air suspension, and electric fans. While the first of the 28 new buses hit the road yesterday, the rest will start running in the following weeks. On top of these new buses, the Milwaukee County Transit System has seen many improvements recently, including a new card reader system and Real-Time bus route information

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Recent news from Milwaukee:

Milwaukee County advances grant request for BRT hybrids, orders more diesel buses

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The Milwaukee County Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee authorized Wednesday the filing of a federal grant application to buy battery-powered electric buses for Milwaukee's bus rapid transit line from downtown Milwaukee to Wauwatosa.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will send off the grant application requesting $9.6 million in Federal Transit Administration grant funding for those buses.

Milwaukee County Transit System will use grant money to buy 11 electric buses. If MCTS doesn't receive the grant money, it will still pursue hybrid electric buses for the BRT, which would use diesel fuel when batteries for the buses run low. MCTS has yet to select a vendor for the hybrid buses and the selection process for a bus vendor won't happen until MCTS receives the FTA grant.

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In addition to signing off on the FTA grant Wednesday, the transit committee also authorized MCTS to execute a $28 million, multi-year contract with California-based Gillig Corp. for the initial purchase of 28 diesel buses, and a minimum purchase of 32 additional buses over a period of up to four years.

 

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