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The NovaBus LFS is the successor to the NovaBus RTS. The following numbers used are:

  • 1200-1289
  • 5250-5363
  • 5439-5530
  • 5770-5999
  • 8000-8089
  • 8090-8507

ModelsEdit

2009-2010Edit

1200-1289 are Nova Bus LFS Artics built from 2009 to 2010. The order of 90 buses was announced on July 12, 2009, and the first two buses (1200 and 1201) were delivered to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) December 3, 2009.

The buses were delivered in the MTA's standard blue stripe livery, and have received Select Bus Service livery as an adhesive wrap for their use on the Bx12 Select Bus Service (SBS) route. The first bus, 1200, received the wrap first and other buses were to receive it as they entered service. However, soon it was decided that the other buses would not receive the wraps due to budgetary issues. In early June 2010 wraps finally began being applied to the rest of the buses in the SBS fleet. The wraps on these buses were different from the one on 1200. These wraps had a thicker blue stripe, SBS lettering on the side was moved to the rear under the last window, and had a centered MTA and SBS logo on the front. 1200 had a thin blue stripe, SBS logos behind the front wheel, and a front MTA logo (obscured by the license plate) on left and a front SBS logo on the right.

Starting in late September 2010, Select Bus Service wraps have also been gradually applied to the buses delivered to Casey Stengel (1230-1269). These wraps are similar to the ones applied to 1201-1229. Q44 SBS service started on October 10th, 2010. Since then, all buses in SBS duty have been moved to local service.

These buses have seating for 54 passengers or 45 passengers plus three wheelchairs. The seats are grey with upholstery in La France Industries' Eco Friendly Slate Web pattern.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
1200-1232, 1286-1289 Cummins ISL 330 hp ZF 6HP604C 6 speed 37: American Seating 6468
17: American Seating InSight
Luminator Spectrum
1233-1285 Multicolored Luminator

2011Edit

8000-8089 are 2011 LFS buses, which began delivery in March. This batch of buses was ordered in October 2010 as part of a program to test diesel-powered buses from different manufacturers and in different configurations. This order followed a demonstration of an LFS earlier that year. The estimated cost of the contract is $40,454,918.

The buses feature the MTA's blue stripe livery, but unlike the 2010 Nova LFS Artic order, they do not have a stripe applied on the front. These buses also lack the amber emergency lights by the destination sign that were standard on previous orders. These buses have seating for 33 passengers or 26 passengers plus two wheelchairs. The seats are grey with medium blue plastic inserts following the style, which debuted on the Nassau Inter-County Express units 1800-1839.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
8000-8014 Cummins ISL9 280 hp Allison B400R 6 speed 28: 4ONE/Freedman Seating Angel RAL 7037
5: American Seating InSight (back row)
Axion LED
8015-8089 ZF 6AP1400B 6 speed

2011-2012Edit

5770-5999 are 2011-2012 Nova Bus LFS Artic buses built from 2011-2012. They are operated by New York City Transit. They are a slight upgrade to the 2010 order and many buses were put into Select Bus Service duty.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
5820-5821 Cummins ISL 330 hp ZF 6AP1700B 37: American Seating 6468
17: American Seating InSight
Luminator Spectrum
5770-5819, 5822-5841 Multicolored Luminator
5872-5893, 5936-5964, 5990-5999 Cummins ISL9 Luminator Spectrum
5858-5871, 5894-5935, 5965-5989 Multicolored Luminator
5842-5863 37: American Seating 6468
17: American Seating InSight with luggage racks

2012-2013Edit

5250-5363 are 2012-2013 Nova Bus LFS Artic buses built from 2012-2013. They are operated by New York City Transit. They are identical to the 2011-12 order and many buses were put into Select Bus Service duty.

Unit(s) Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
5253-5263, 5267-5289, 5299 Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B American Seating 6468
17: American Seating InSight
Luminator Spectrum
5250-5252, 5264-5266, 5290-5298, 5300-5304 Multicolored Luminator
5305-5363 American Seating 6468
17: American Seating InSight with modified trailer section seating

2014-2016Edit

8090-8507 are 2014-2016 LFS buses.

These buses were part of an original contract for a base order of 690 buses, shared with New Flyer for 276 XD40 buses, that was awarded for MTA New York City Transit in December 2013 and included an available option order of 700 buses. This contract was later amended by increasing the base order to 762 buses and decreasing the option order to 628 buses due to the excessive structural corrosion conditions on the 1998-1999 Orion V buses, which are being replaced by an additional 72 New Flyer XD40 buses.

In 2015, NovaBus added an additional 4 units to be put in service as part of the plan to replace the remaining Orion V buses, totaling 418 LFS units.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1400B 33: American Seating Metropolitan Multicolored Axion

2016-2017Edit

5439-5530 are 2016-2017 LFS Artic buses.

On November 18, 2015, the MTA board almost unanimously approved the competitive contract of 231 diesel-powered articulated buses totalling US$184.9 million for New York City Transit, which was split between Nova Bus for nearly US$75 million to build these 92 buses and New Flyer to build 139 XD60 buses.

These buses feature onboard Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. In the near future, those wearing the blue stripe will be repainted/wrapped in the blue and gold wave livery.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination Sign
Cummins ISL9 ZF 6AP1700B 52
American Seating Metropolitan
Hanover Full Colour (front)
Hanover Monochrome (side and rear)

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