Albuquerque launches ART project with third order of buses from New Flyer

The city of Albuquerque will order 10 additional clean-diesel buses for its new ART service.

The city of Albuquerque, N. M., has executed an option for 10 additional New Flyer clean-diesel, 60-foot Xcelsior® heavy-duty transit buses, making this the third order since December 2018. 

In total, ABQ RIDE has ordered 30 high-capacity bus rapid transit buses from New Flyer for the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. The five-door buses feature a passenger capacity of 120 people each and are fully accessible, combining five entry and exit doors with smart leveling for effective platform-to-bus boarding. 

“New Flyer is delighted to work with the city of Albuquerque in bringing high-capacity public transit to the ART project,” said Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer. “Not only will the ART project help reduce traffic congestion in Albuquerque, it will also provide a safe, efficient and fully accessible transit experience for ABQ RIDE passengers with on-route Wi-Fi, new accessibility features and a new security camera system.” 

ABQ RIDE is the local transit agency serving Albuquerque. It is the state’s most extensive public transportation system providing over 13 million passenger trips each year and traveling an average of 160,000 miles a day, according to New Flyer, saying the ART delivers quick and efficient bus service, offering increased dependability and timeliness for passengers and using dedicated lanes to boost the frequency of bus operation. 

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