The Maryland Transit Administration will spend $81.3 million on a fleet of new 40-foot "clean-diesel" buses that will hit the street next year, the agency said.
New Flyer of America, Inc., of St. Cloud, Minn., was awarded the contract and will supply the 140 new buses, the MTA said in its announcement. New Flyer, the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, has built 800 buses for the MTA since 2004.
The new buses come three-and-a-half months after the introduction of BaltimoreLink, Gov. Larry Hogan's $135 million re-routing of the Baltimore region's bus system to remove underused bus stops, shorten routes to make them quicker and make the system overall more reliable.
The new buses will replace old ones on high-frequency, color-coded CityLink routes through downtown and the less frequent LocalLink routes that radiate from them, the MTA said.
"We're excited to add the new vehicles, which will further modernize our fleet of buses and enhance service reliability for the thousands of people who ride our CityLink and LocalLink bus routes each day," Kevin Quinn, the state transit administrator, said in a statement. "As BaltimoreLink connects people to where they live, work and play, expanding our fleet with clean-diesel buses will improve the environment and go a long way to providing public transportation that will strengthen our communities."