Two New Flyer Buses Ready to Hit the Road!
Meet the Xcelsior XD 35
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority announces that two (2) 2020 Xcelsior XD35 buses begin service on Monday, September 14.
Xcelsior is a line of New Flyer buses, (X) for Xcelsior; (D) for diesel; and 35 refers to the bus length. The buses weigh 24,500 lbs., hold 100 gallons of diesel fuel, and have a top road speed of 65 mph. Outfitted with Firestone tires and the latest safety equipment, they offer a front-mounted bicycle rack and can seat up to 31 passengers.
However, during the COVID-19 pandemic all MTA buses currently operate with a maximum of 10 passengers. We will continue to follow the science and monitor COVID-19 cases in Bibb County before increasing the number of riders on any MTA buses and reopening the Transfer Station.
While transit authorities across the U.S. are facing the same challenges, MTA was among the first to mandate temperature checks for all staff and riders, as well as a mandatory mask policy. We began sanitizing the buses on March 4 when there were 158 COVID-19 cases nationwide, one week before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on March 11. The new Xcelsiors are outfitted with a protective shield to separate the bus operator and riders.
Lorenzo Mumphrey, Regional Product Support Manager for New Flyer of America says, “These buses were manufactured at the New Flyer plant in Anniston, Alabama in July and are equipped with the latest technology, including Parker Smart Suspension.”
According to the specs on the Xcelsior XD35, Parker Smart suspension improves ride control and reduces swaying. The buses feature kneeling capability, meaning, when the bus stops, the driver can lower the bus to the curb making rider entry and exit much easier.
MTA CEO Craig Ross says, “These new buses are part of MTA’s continuing effort to modernize our fleet. The innovative suspension provides a more comfortable ride, enhances safety, and caters to older riders, people with special needs, or those who require assistance while boarding or exiting.”
New Flyer is the largest bus manufacturer in the world with more than 105,000 buses and coaches on the road. MTA Operations Manager, JoAnn Lamb reports, “Initially, the new Xcelsiors will be placed on the following routes: Block 2 of North Highland and Ocmulgee Express.”