Passenger Transport March 2021 Vol 79 No 6 - 1

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021

| VOLUME 79, NO. 6

APTA Holds Successful
Mobility Conference

Xcelsior CHARGE NG is New Flyer's next generation
-battery-electric, zero-emission bus. 

New Flyer
Unveils Xcelsior
CHARGE NG
NEW FLYER OF AMERICA INC., ST. CLOUD, MN, HAS
unveiled its next-generation battery-electric heavy-duty bus,
the Xcelsior CHARGE NG.
The Xcelsior CHARGE NG incorporates three distinct technology advancements, including next-generation high-energy
batteries that extend range up to 13 percent; advanced
protective battery packaging designed for easy install and
simpler serviceability; and a new, lightweight electric traction
drive system with up to 90 percent energy recovery.
" The Xcelsior CHARGE NG harnesses the best technology
on the market, " said Chris Stoddart, president, New Flyer
and MCI. " It includes a streamlined design that reduces
maintenance, increases energy density and improves energy
recovery while significantly reducing weight-offering a
lighter, more energy-efficient and longer-range electric bus. "
The battery packaging, developed by New Flyer, utilizes a
single waterproof enclosure design that allows " plug in " or
" unplug " of individual battery packs, reducing bus downtime
and allowing easy replacement as needed. High--energy,
long-range batteries utilize an active liquid cooling system
to maintain temperature and respond quickly to increases in
power demand and environmental loads.

MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE ATTENDED APTA'S
three-day virtual Mobility Conference March 16-18.
Speakers included APTA President and CEO
Paul P. Skoutelas; APTA Chair Jeff Nelson, general manager, Rock Island County Metropolitan
Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), Moline, IL; FTA
Acting Administrator Nuria Fernandez; and Kira
Banks, associate professor, St. Louis University,
among many others.
Skoutelas kicked off the event, thanking Nova
Bus for sponsoring the conference and BYD for
sponsoring the opening session. He noted that
after " weathering several crises simultaneously,
from the global pandemic to civil and political
unrest ...to one of the most difficult economic
downturns in our history, we are here . . . ready
to build back better! "
As more Americans
receive vaccines, S
- koutelas
said, and as a dialogue
about racial and economic
equity continues to grow
and the Biden Administration
defines a new agenda, there
are reasons to be optimistic.
" We have worked tirelessly
with members of Congress
on COVID-19 emergency

funding for our transit agencies, " he said.
" When combined with last year's CARES Act
and end-of-year assistance known as CRSSA,
public transportation has received more targeted
pandemic relief than any other mode of transportation . . . nearly $70 billion in new, additional
funding to stabilize transit budgets and operations. APTA is actively involved in discussions
with the new Administration and Congress over
a major infrastructure proposal. "
Nelson acknowledged the need for the industry to win back riders, restore and reinvent
services, advocate for more funding and invest
in a different kind of post-COVID future. But,

SUCCESSFUL MOBILITY CONFERENCE
CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

Celebrating Women in
Public Transportation

March is Women's History Month. In this issue of Passenger Transport,
a broad cross-section of female leaders discuss the role of women and
the opportunities and challenges they have faced during their careers in
public transportation.

Dismantling Barriers,
Promoting Equity
BY NURIA FERNANDEZ
Acting Administrator
FTA

WOMEN'S HISTORY
Month provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress women have made
in the transportation field
and our role in advancing
the principles of equity and Nuria Fernandez

inclusion throughout the industry.
We have long faced the challenge of how to
make our transportation systems more equitable. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, we
have received unprecedented support to overcome that challenge. On his first day in office,
President Biden committed to advance equity
by issuing an Executive Order that directs the

DISMANTLING BARRIERS, PROMOTING
EQUITY CONTINUED ON PAGE 5



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