North American Bus Industries 65-BRT

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Years of manufacture 2007
Length 65 feet
Width 102 inches
Power/Fuel Diesel, Diesel-electric hybrid, CNG

The North American Bus Industries 65-BRT is a 65-foot low-floor articulated transit bus designed for bus rapid transit (BRT) service. Only one 65-BRT is known to exist as a prototype. No other buses have been built for an agency.


The 65-BRT uses a welded steel structure that is phosphate coated to protect from corrosion. Wheel housings, stairwells, main electrical compartment and battery compartment are stainless steel. Body panels are either aluminum or fibreglass. The bus features a wide plug-type door at the front and was available with up to two wide or narrow rear doors. Flush mounted windows were an option.

The 65-BRT was available with conventional diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, and natural gas drivetrains. It is a "pusher" articulated bus with the engine mounted longitudinally at the rear. The CNG-powered version uses four less CNG tanks than the 60-BRT, and therefore weighs about the same.


In 2006, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) elected to purchase 96 NABI 60-BRT buses. At the same time, it was determined that larger buses could ease overcrowding on the Metro Orange Line, a busway largely separated from other traffic. NABI offered to modify one bus in the 96-bus order by adding five feet to the front section. This allowed for a 15.7 percent gain in seating capacity. At the time California state laws prohibited vehicles over 60 feet, so the prototype bus required a special permit.[1]

On August 15, 2007, the LACMTA unveiled the 65-BRT at Patsaouras Plaza. The bus entered service on the Orange Line on August 27.[2] It continues to operate in service, but remains a prototype. However it could potentially be joined by even longer buses in the future. In 2015, California passed a bill that would authorize the LACMTA to operate articulated buses of up to 82 feet on the Orange Line.[3][4]


Length: 65 feet
Width: 102 inches
Roof Height: 137 inches
Wheelbase: 301 + 279 inches
Turn Radius: 45 feet
Engine Emissions
Cummins ISL 8.9 litre 330 hp EPA 2007
Cummins Westport ISL G 8.9 litre, 320 hp EPA 2010
Caterpillar C9 9.3 litre, 330 hp EPA 2007
Allison B500R
ZF 6HP602C
Hybrid system
Allison EP50
Continuously variable drive/generator
PVE NiMH batteries
S-Cam drum brakes
Disc brakes
Thermo King

Demonstrator/Engineering Units

Below is a list of known demonstrator and engineering buses.

Fleet Number Thumbnail Year VIN Engine Transmission Notes
LACMTA 9495 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority 9495-a.jpg 2007 1N965B0187A140057 Cummins Westport ISL G Allison B500R


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  1. January 2007 board meeting. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  2. Los Angeles Metro Rolls Out North America’s First 65-foot Articulated Compressed Natural Gas Bus on Metro Orange Line. Press release. 27 August 2007.
  3. Patrick, McGreevy. L.A. County MTA may use even longer buses in San Fernando Valley. 04 October 2015. Los Angeles Times.
  4. Bill text: AB-726 Vehicles: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
NABI - a brand of New Flyer Industries
(all models discontinued as of 2015)
High Floor 416436
Low Floor (LFW) 30-LFN31-LFW35-LFW40-LFW60-LFW
Low Floor (BRT) 37-BRT42-BRT60-BRT65-BRT
Low Floor (Composite) 30C-LF40C-LFWMetro 45C (45C-LFW)