It looks like the official name of the NovaBus model purchased for the Metro Red BRT service will indeed be the LFX, (and not LFS with BRT styling options) even though they are the 40' model:
MVTA has opted for the LFX Smart Bus, which includes the Nova eCooling system, the Nova Bus proprietary integrated electric engine cooling that can improve fuel economy by up to 18%. The stainless steel structure designed for highly variable operating conditions was also a must for MVTA to handle Minnesota’s climate.
For its BRT services, MVTA and its partners wanted sleek curb appeal with the ability to quickly handle large passenger loads at elevated platforms. The single roofline, flush windows, new interior design and large capacity doors of the Nova LFX represented an ideal match. The selected configuration features disc brakes, composite flooring and all LED lighting options for improved safety and cost savings. The addition of larger windows, clear escape hatches and LCD screens enhance the customer experience and provide greater opportunities for additional marketing revenues.
(Rendering of unit in the new Regional Metro System scheme)
"The MVTA is very excited to add this bus to our fleet. We believe it will be well received by our station-to- station BRT customers, providing a great ride on this new type of service," said MVTA Chair Gary Hansen of Eagan.
The buses will be assembled in Nova Bus’ Upstate New York plant and delivered in the fall of 2012.
About Nova Bus
Nova Bus is a leading provider of sustainable transit solutions in North America, including hybrid buses, high-capacity vehicles and integrated intelligent transportation systems. The company relies on a team driven by the challenges of public transit with regard to mobility, safety, and productivity. Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Bus Corporation. For more information regarding Nova Bus products and services, plese visit www.novabus.com