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Friday, April 13, 2012
Is the Xcelsior Montreal's new Bus of Choice ???
Every one of the 1,680 city buses in Montreal’s fleet was made by Nova Bus, a division of Volvo with a large Quebec workforce.
Now, as 10 Quebec transit agencies prepare to order perhaps more than 1,000 new buses, a new bus manufacturer wants to grab some of the market.
New Flyer, a Winnipeg company, is up against Nova Bus in a public-tender process to supply the buses to Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and seven other agencies.
New Flyer, which has supplied most of North America’s big public transit agencies, has teamed up with Girardin, a family-owned Drummondville company that specializes in schoolbuses and minibuses.
New Flyer and Girardin recently landed their first sale in Quebec, selling17 New Flyer Xcelsior buses to the transit agency that serves Sorel, Varennes and four neighbouring municipalities.