Quebec manufacturer Nova Bus could supply up to 600 buses to the city of Chicago and its suburbs over the next few years.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in fact approved a contract on Friday providing for the initial purchase of 100 buses at a cost of US $ 49.5 million, or approximately CAN $ 63 million.
Options to purchase another 500 buses as well as parts mean the total value could reach around US $ 334 million (around C $ 424 million), according to the CTA.
The model purchased is the LFS, a 40-foot clean diesel-powered bus, said Nova Bus, headquartered in Saint-Eustache, in the Laurentians.
The same type of bus was delivered to CTA in 2018, but new orders provide for improvements.
The buses will be assembled at the Nova Bus plant in Plattsburgh, New York, and deliveries are scheduled to begin next year.
Quebec participates in the contract through its engineering services. In addition, the bus structures will be manufactured at the Nova Bus plant in Saint-François-du-Lac, in Center-du-Québec.
“As for the components, they come from different places, but ultimately the buses and their components must meet the threshold of 70% American content, as required in the United States when the funding comes in part from the federal government”, underlined by email Clémence Godfroy, spokesperson for Nova Bus.
“We are proud to continue to provide transportation services to our long-standing partner, the City of Chicago, through our industry-leading LFS buses that deliver high capacity mobility solutions,” said Martin Larose, vice-president and general manager at Nova Bus, by press release.
“We are very happy that Nova Bus has won this important contract and we would like to congratulate them on this great achievement. This is another great recognition of the excellence of Quebec transportation expertise. Quebec is a leading player in sustainable transport and we will continue to vigorously support Quebec companies like Nova Bus in their efforts in the Midwestern territory, ”said Martine Hébert, Quebec delegate in Chicago.
The CTA, which is the second largest urban transportation network on American soil, covers the city of Chicago and 35 of its suburbs in the state of Illinois.