Leading North American transit bus manufacturer Volvo Buses subsidiary Nova Bus confirmed that the Chicago Transit Board approved the purchase of up to 600 new, 40-foot buses from Nova Bus. These buses will help the Chicago Transit Authority, the second largest public transportation system in the United States that covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs, in its ongoing effort to modernize its fleet to benefit customers and reduce maintenance costs. This decision allows for the purchase of at least 100 buses and options to purchase an additional 500 buses, which will enable CTA to maintain safe and reliable service while gradually retiring the oldest buses in its fleet. The CTA expects first prototypes in the coming months with deliveries beginning in early 2022.
CTA’s bus system consists of 140 routes that make over 25,000 trips daily and serve nearly 12,000 bus stops throughout the Chicago region. CTA bus routes serve communities locally, move people across town, and several express services are provided.
The new 40-foot LFS buses will be similar to those added to the CTA fleet in 2018, but offer a host of features to improve the customer experience and promote safety, including improvements to the wheelchair ramps at the front door, a larger surface area and a reduced slope, making it easier for wheelchairs to use. Once again, Nova Bus demonstrated its competitiveness and showed that the Nova LFS has adapted to transit authorities’ needs over the years.