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First trip on the Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior

Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior bus

This afternoon the first of the Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior buses hit the streets on its maiden voyage. Passengers on Route 14 were excited and happy to be the first ones to have the opportunity to ride. “We’re making history!” someone shouted from the back of the bus, and everyone laughed.

People loved the new fleet graphics and gave the bus high marks for coolness, comfort and roominess. They can’t wait to ride again!

Driver welcomes passenger aboard the Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior busCoach Operator Elaine Sanchez was at the helm of the New Flyer Xcelsior for the historic trip. Elaine was recently honored with the  Omnitrans Employee of the Quarter award for her outstanding customer service.

Omnitrans CEO Milo climbed aboard on his way to a meeting, always happy to get a chance to meet some of our passengers.

This mom and her new baby were among the first passengers to board.

Renee Compton was the first wheelchair passenger on the New Flyer Xcelsior

Mr. Jones was the first bike passenger to join us on the trip. He just recently starting biking and taking Omnitrans to save the expense of gas money.

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Omnitrans New Flyer Xcelsior bus features

Yesterday, Omnitrans unveiled its New Flyer Xcelsior buses, and the public response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. These new buses are expected to go into service sometime next week, East Valley routes only. Below is a detailed list of some of the features included in the New Flyers. It’s a great time to climb aboard Omnitrans!

  • These 40-feet long buses have a passenger capacity of 40 seated and two wheelchair positions.
  • Bike racks have been expanded to accommodate up to 3 bicycles.
  • Stop request sign is centrally located for easier viewing.
  • Interior noise has been reduced to 72 decibels.
  • Special heat guard glass blocks 95% of UV rays.
  • Climate control system provides improved cooling and heating for both passengers and drivers.
  • Mobility device loading ramp ratio improved for easier boarding and more precise curb alignment.
  • Conversion from analog to digital instrumentation improves visual driver operations.
  • Tinted sunroof  allows more light in the back of the bus.
  • Non-skid flooring helps protect against slips and falls.
  • Contactless Acoustic Sound System (CLASS) detects people and objects near exit doors with enhanced ultrasonic transducers.
  • Four-wheel disc brake system provides smoother braking with greater efficiency, and potentially saves $13,000 in maintenance costs over the life of the coach.
  • Fiberglass exterior panel construction is more dent resistant than aluminum construction.

Omnitrans gets New Flyer Xcelsior model buses

Here’s a sneak peek at the New Flyer Xcelsior model bus. Omnitrans has 20 of these currently on order. Click here to view the entire album on Flickr.

Why are they white?  Omnitrans is rebranding its fleet with a new look to be unveiled in August! Stay tuned for details.