Never be in doubt – The First of the Novas are here!

Edited July 4th 2014  14:15 After many months of rumors and perhaps one rumor about the fate of this order, the first production bus (7306) has arrived on SEPTA’s property at Germantown. This bus for the next few weeks will be used for testing. If it passes the evaluation, SEPTA will give the delivery a green light.


The article also stated that Novabus is being fine $100 a day per bus which is late. Well, perhaps if these buses were not so customized – SEPTA would receive them on time. This has been the second order in recent years where the manufacturer has been fine due to lateness. The previous order which was late was Rotem with the delivery of the Silverliner V. In any case – that is neither here nor there. The bottom line is that SEPTA need new buses.  The older artic buses which SEPTA have are causing all sorts of reliability issues.  Approximately 10 buses were recently loaned out to Alleghany depot in order to have enough buses make it out on the streets.

Photos has recently surfaced around Facebook showing buses around the Novabus facility in Plattsburgh New York being in various stages of completion.

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Also, SEPTA have excised the option to have an additional thirty 60-foot buses to be delivered. The price tag is $24.2 million. These buses are set to be due here by 1st quarter 2016. It has unknown yet whether or not these will be hybrid. It should be reminded that the push to make these buses hybrids is an entirely separate request. The tentative fleet break down is as follows:

62 foot-Artic NovaBus 62102

Fleet From Fleet To Tentative Delivery QTY
7300 7369 July 2014 – December 2014 70
7370 7414 January 2015 – May 2015 45
7415 7454 May 2015 – August 2015 40
7455 7484 1st Quarter 2016 30

40 foot NovaBus 40102

Fleet From Fleet To tentative delivery QTY
8600 8689 August 2014 – January 2015 90