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Can you shed some light as to which group of fools keeps choosing the large round ugly headlight, as opposed to the sleek looking types that show up on the demonstrators, which I thought was the LED referred to on 8075 and up in the notes. Thanks in advance for any input.

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Can you shed some light as to which group of fools keeps choosing the large round ugly headlight, as opposed to the sleek looking types that show up on the demonstrators, which I thought was the LED referred to on 8075 and up in the notes. Thanks in advance for any input.

 

I'm not sure what you mean by "which group of folks."

 

I'm pretty sure MTA went with all sealed beam to keep the parts costs low. However, I can't be sure of that until I actually take the time to ask.

 

The (round) sealed beams are cheaper than the (smaller) LED lamps seen on a couple of the demonstrators.

 

it's up to the guys at Zerega and Grand Avenue to decide the final configuration of the production coaches.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "which group of folks."

 

I'm pretty sure MTA went with all sealed beam to keep the parts costs low. However, I can't be sure of that until I actually take the time to ask.

 

The (round) sealed beams are cheaper than the (smaller) LED lamps seen on a couple of the demonstrators.

 

it's up to the guys at Zerega and Grand Avenue to decide the final configuration of the production coaches.

 

I do thank you for that, it was not a bad typo I originally typed "fools" because given the chance, they always go "cheap and ugly" and I am sorry, that sealed beam is butt ugly compared to the "LED" types, damn the cost.

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Nova Bus is pleased to announce that Saskatoon Transit has selected Nova Bus as its preferred bus supplier for the purchase of its next 40-foot vehicles.

 

While the decision to purchase buses from Nova Bus was based on a public tender process, Saskatoon Transit is looking forward to extending their partnership with Nova Bus especially after the positive experiences with the 60-foot LFS Artic model, which Nova Bus produced for Saskatoon Transit in 2010.

 

Making the most of Nova Bus’s know-how and experience, Saskatoon Transit selected a 40-foot configuration for their Nova LFS which offers time-tested performance and reliability. Among its features, the Nova eCooling system, which contributes to reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

 

Nova Bus is proud to continue our successful partnership with Saskatoon Transit

 

 

Saskatoon Transit renews its partnership with Nova Bus | Nova Bus

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Niagara Falls Transit and Niagara Parks Commission have placed an order with Nova Bus

 

Niagara Falls Transit and The Niagara Parks Commission have placed an order valued at $18 million for a mix of clean-diesel 40-foot Nova LFS and 62-foot articulated LFX buses.

 

After their latest positive experience in 2009, Niagara Falls Transit has decided to once again turn to Nova Bus to increase their fleet of 40-foot buses and produce their first BRT vehicles. The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), meanwhile, has worked with Niagara Falls Transit and The City of Niagara Falls on the establishment of an enhanced Visitor Transportation System for the Park and City that will result in the purchase of new clean-diesel vehicles to replace NPC’s aging and inaccessible Peoplemover buses.

 

“We are proud to continue to partner with Niagara Falls Transit, and we look forward to building just as strong a relationship with The Niagara Parks Commission as they look to enhance service within the Parks, particularly with a new BRT offering,” said Gilles Dion, president and CEO of Nova Bus.

 

Niagara Falls Transit General Manager, Dave Stuart stated “Staff at both organizations are impressed with the contemporary design of Nova buses. We feel the interior amenities are attractive and well thought out for customers requiring greater levels of accessibility. With respect to engineering, our maintenance personnel are impressed with their robust design and low operating costs and our bus operators truly enjoy driving them. They have been a great addition to our fleet as we further enhance the service Niagara Falls Transit provides to our residents and the many visitors we provide transportation to throughout our bustling community.”

 

According to NPC Interim Chair Janice Thomson, “Improving and upgrading our existing Peoplemover system with this new fleet of buses will improve the overall guest experience of Niagara Parks. The transportation services we have provided over the past 26-years have been a tremendous success; however our fleet had come to show its age, was not accessible and did not connect fully with properties outside of the Park. These new buses and our partnership with the community will alleviate these concerns. NPC’s drivers and maintenance staff share our excitement at the opportunities to maximize customer service, made possible by these upgrades to our transportation fleet.”

 

By combining their procurement, both authorities will benefit from Nova Bus’ common platform for the 40-foot Nova LFS and the 62-foot articulated LFX buses. High commonality translates into effective maintenance, streamlined training and simplified parts management, providing quality performance and productivity

 

Niagara Falls Transit and Niagara Parks Commission have placed an order with Nova Bus | Nova Bus

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City of Fredericton renews its partnership with Nova Bus

 

Recently, the City of Fredericton has taken delivery of two clean-diesel 40-foot Nova LFS buses to its fleet.

 

“We have built a valued partnership over the years with the City of Fredericton, and we are proud to be able to support their continued development with this new order,” said Gilles Dion, president and CEO of Nova Bus.

 

The City of Fredericton has chosen clean-diesel vehicles that come with a wealth of standard features designed to provide high performance at a competitive life cycle cost. Vehicle reliability and a high level of service were key elements in choosing to pursue their partnership with Nova Bus. “We are consistently pleased with the quality of construction and the performance of the Novabus LFS units in our fleet,” said Sandy MacNeill, Manager, Transit Division City of Fredericton.

 

In addition, all Nova Bus vehicles are based on a common platform which translates into effective maintenance, streamlined training and simplified parts management, providing quality performance and productivity

 

 

City of Fredericton renews its partnership with Nova Bus | Nova Bus

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St. John’s cuts ribbon on nine Nova LFS Smart Buses

 

St. John’s Transportation Commission is taking delivery of nine Nova LFS Smart Buses in February. The order also includes options on up to 21 additional buses over the 2013-2017 period.

 

St. John’s Transportation Commission, a trusted longtime partner of Nova Bus, has opted for the LFS Smart Bus which includes the Nova eCooling system.

 

“We are proud to continue to support St. John’s Transportation Commission in better serving the community by putting our Smart Bus technology to work. Our solution can improve fuel economy by up to 18% and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gilles Dion, president and CEO of Nova Bus.

 

Making the very most of Nova Bus’s know-how and experience, St. John’s has selected 40-foot clean-diesel vehicles, which offer time-tested performance and reliability. Also, the stainless steel structure at the heart of the Nova LFS is a must-have in the corrosive operating conditions prevalent in Newfoundland. “Nova Bus backs its reliable vehicles with a high level of service; we value their partnership,” said Sean Mooney, Maintenance Manager of St. John’s Transportation Commission.

 

 

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OMG!!!! I never saw that one coming! Epic win for Nova, and a heart-breaker for New Flyer!

 

Ditto. That was a mindblower right there. Congrats to them, that artic demo they had must've blew them away.

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Ditto. That was a mindblower right there. Congrats to them, that artic demo they had must've blew them away.

 

That and the fact that I was told a SEPTA official read that MTA was getting LF's right here on the forums, and called NF to verify. They were told yes, and SEPTA said they never wanted the LFR, and NFI told they they could not get them because they had discontinued the bus. New Flyer didn't even offer it for a higher cost. They just said no.

 

New Flyer plays a dangerous game because they think they are the cat's meow. Just like they lost MTA half a decade ago, they just lost SEPTA, who has been an NFI loyalist for many years now.

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Ditto. That was a mindblower right there. Congrats to them, that artic demo they had must've blew them away.

 

Oh and according to this. http://www.golynx.com/core/file.php?loc=/Solodev/clients/solodev/Enterprise%20Main/Data%20Center/Board%20Reports/_Images/0053743-03-22-2012_LYNX_Board_Agenda_Pkg.pdf

 

We are apparently getting four of them too. :)

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Does anybody know what dont Novabus uses?

 

I do not understand your question.

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This might be a stupid question, but what is an lfs "smart bus"

 

Basically, we have those smart buses IIRC, 8075-8089 are the "Smart Buses" so to speak, the different specs, cooling systems and all that jazz. I could be wrong.

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Nova Bus has redsigned their website.

 

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New partnership between MVTA and Nova Bus

 

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has placed an order for seven 40-ft Nova LFX Smart Buses for its BRT services.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to call MVTA our new business partner. It’s a new market for us, and we look forward to providing them with distinctive vehicles that feature cutting edge design, cost savings, and the perfect balance of style, function and maintainability,” said Gilles Dion, President and CEO of Nova Bus.

MVTA has opted for the LFX Smart Bus, which includes the Nova eCooling system, the Nova Bus proprietary integrated electric engine cooling that can improve fuel economy by up to 18%. The stainless steel structure designed for highly variable operating conditions was also a must for MVTA to handle Minnesota’s climate.

For its BRT services, MVTA and its partners wanted sleek curb appeal with the ability to quickly handle large passenger loads at elevated platforms. The single roofline, flush windows, new interior design and large capacity doors of the Nova LFX represented an ideal match. The selected configuration features disc brakes, composite flooring and all LED lighting options for improved safety and cost savings. The addition of larger windows, clear escape hatches and LCD screens enhance the customer experience and provide greater opportunities for additional marketing revenues.

"The MVTA is very excited to add this bus to our fleet. We believe it will be well received by our station-to-station BRT customers, providing a great ride on this new type of service," said MVTA Chair Gary Hansen of Eagan.

 

 

http://www.novabus.com/medias/latest-news/new-partnership-between-mvta-and-nova-bus.html

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Clemson Area Transit has chosen the LFS Smart Bus

 

Clemson Area Transit has recently taken delivery of four Nova LFS Smart Buses to add to its fleet.

Built in Nova Bus’ Upstate New York plant, the Clemson Area Transit LFS Smart Buses include the Nova Bus proprietary integrated advanced electric cooling system that delivers up to 18% fuel savings and significantly reduces GHG emissions. LFS Smart Buses also come with a wealth of standard features that ensure high performance and a competitive life cycle cost. In addition, the Nova LFS is the lightest bus in the industry, which translates into another opportunity for cost reduction for Clemson Area Transit.

Gilles Dion, President and CEO of Nova Bus, expressed pride that Clemson Area Transit had selected Nova Bus as its preferred bus supplier, saying “At Nova Bus, we always work to understand the challenges our business partners face. We are pleased to welcome Clemson Area Transit among our business partners and to provide them with solutions that meet their specific needs.”

Nova Bus was selected primarily for its product design, vehicle performance, delivery schedule and field support. “The high level of service and a winning attitude by the Nova Bus management team were the determining factors in choosing this partnership,” said Al Babinicz, President and CEO of Clemson Area Transit.

 

http://www.novabus.com/media/latest-news/clemson-area-transit-has-chosen-the-lfs-smart-bus.html

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What's so "smart" about the Nova LFS Smart Bus?

 

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The LFS Smart Bus is the first step toward the electrification of components, which translates into significant fuel reduction.

 

Our Nova LFS is the lightest bus in the industry, and combined with the Nova Electric Cooling system, it can provide a cost-effective solution and a great alternative for transit authorities looking for the best life cycle cost and a smart way to save money.

 

The centerpiece of the LFS Smart Bus is the Nova eCooling system - our proprietary electric engine cooling system engineered to minimize your vehicle life cycle costs can improve fuel economy by up to 18%!

 

http://www.novabus.c...MART_BUS_EN.pdf

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CyRide partners with Nova Bus

 

Nova Bus is pleased to announce that CyRide of Ames, Iowa, has selected Nova Bus for the purchase of two articulated LFS Smart Buses. The buses will be assembled in Nova Bus’ Upstate New York plant and delivered in October 2012.

CyRide has decided to expand their fleet profile by introducing the articulated LFS Smart Bus to transport the steadily increasing ridership of the City of Ames and Iowa State University. The LFS Artic is based on the LFS platform and combines a proven track record with the ability to handle high-volume routes.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with CyRide. It’s a new market for us and we look forward to providing them with the latest LFS Smart Bus, a great solution for transit authorities looking for the best life cycle costs and smart cost savings,” said Gilles Dion, President and CEO of Nova Bus.

 

The LFS Smart Bus has become a must have. Like many other Nova Bus business partners, CyRide has opted for Nova Bus’ proprietary advanced Electric Cooling System that provides up to 18% in fuel savings and significantly reduces maintenance costs and GHG emissions. The LFS Smart Bus also comes packed with all the standard features that ensure the high performance and competitive life cycle costs for which the Nova LFS is known.

CyRide vehicles will also feature the proven hePEX system, which replaces copper piping with cross-linked polyethylene tubing that is light, easy to maintain and corrosion resistant. The hePEX system significantly reduces life cycle costs in terms of materials and labor. Nova Bus keeps a strong focus on reducing vehicle weight and improving energy efficiency. HePEX tubes are 3 times lighter than copper, which contributes to a notable reduction in vehicle weight.

 

The stainless steel structure, designed for the harshest operating conditions, was an important element for CyRide, as were the overall design and workmanship of Nova Bus vehicles and the company’s customer focus and ability to deliver promptly.

 

 

http://www.novabus.com/media/latest-news/cyride-partners-with-nova-bus.html

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After a public-tender process, Quebec transit agencies are going to spend almost half a billion dollars buying 509 diesel-electric hybrid buses from

Nova Bus, with an option to buy another 679.

 

 

 

 

The agencies rejected a competing bid from

New Flyer, a Winnipeg bus-maker trying to break the decades-long stranglehold Nova Bus has had on the Quebec market.

 

 

 

 

St. Eustache’s Nova Bus, a Volvo-owned company, supplied the 1,696 buses in the current fleet of Montreal’s transit authority, the

Société de transport de Montréal.

 

 

 

 

The STM’s board of directors formally approved the purchase at its meeting on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

 

 

 

Montreal will get 203 of the 509 buses, which are to be delivered between late 2013 or early 2014 and 2016.

 

 

 

 

Longueuil’s RTL will get 100 of the buses and Laval’s STL 77 of them. In Montreal, 46 of the 203 new buses will replace old vehicles. The rest – 157 – will be used to improve service. Other transit agencies involved in the purchase include, Quebec City, Gatineau, Sherbrooke and Saguenay.

 

 

 

 

Nine Quebec transit authorities are buying the vehicles after a collective public-tender process for regular-sized (40-foot-long) Canadian-made hybrid buses with low-floors and optional air conditioning.

 

 

 

 

A committee of experts from the transit authorities studied the two bids. Nova Bus won the contract based on price, Canadian content and conformity to legal requirements, said STM vice-chair Marvin Rotrand.

 

 

 

 

Montreal will get 203 of the 509 buses. Longueuil will get 100 and Laval 77. The other transit agencies involved in the purchase are Quebec City, Lévis, Gatineau, Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke and Saguenay.

 

 

 

 

In Montreal, 46 buses will replace older vehicles. The rest will be used to improve service.

 

 

 

“Not only does it give us the capacity to increase services, it means a greener STM with less fuel consumed and fewer greenhouse gases emitted,” Rotrand said.

 

 

 

 

Diesel-electric buses are cheaper to operate, less polluting, quieter and offer smoother rides, but they cost $150,000 to $200,000 more than traditional diesel buses.

 

 

 

 

The Quebec government is footing most of the bill. In a bid to encourage transit agencies to buy hybrids, it will pay half the cost of what diesel buses would have cost, plus 75 per cent of the difference between what a regular bus would cost and the price of a hybrid, Rotrand said.

 

 

 

 

Each of the 203 buses Montreal is getting costs $657,500, and the STM is budgeting another $57.3 million for options and contingencies.

 

 

 

 

Rotrand said the STM will decide whether its buses will include air conditioning after it completes ongoing tests. The STM is experimenting with air conditioning on the 747 airport shuttle bus. It’s also testing special window screens and a new ventilation system to cool down buses.

 

 

 

 

The new hybrids will be more fuel efficient than the eight hybrid buses the STM purchased as part of a pilot project in 2008 and 2009. That project found hybrid fuel consumption was 30 per cent lower than diesel buses when the average speed was low (18 km/h) and when the distance between stops was short. In cold temperatures, the hybrids were less energy-efficient but still did better than standard buses.

 

 

 

 

New Flyer describes itself as North America’s leading provider of transit buses, supplying vehicles to most of the continent’s biggest transit agencies. The company teamed up with Girardin, a Drummondville company that specializes in school buses, to expand into Quebec.

 

 

 

 

New Flyer recently landed its first contract in Quebec in 40 years. It is supplying 17 diesel buses to the transit agency serving Sorel and Varennes.

 

 

 

 

As part of a separate deal, the Quebec government also has approved the purchase of 45 more articulated diesel buses, at a cost of $900,000 each, by the STM, 10 of which are to be delivered this year and the rest next year.

 

 

 

 

This order is an extension of a previous order that has seen the delivery of 202 articulated buses.

 

 

 

 

 

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Canada's sworn to Novabus anyway, so not too much of a surprise, even considering how hard New Flyer fought.

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