The city has added some new buses to its fleet, something that should save some money.
Transit Manager Jason Henry says the four new, 30-foot buses will replace some 40-foot ones that are 22 years old and have been driven over a million kilometres.
“In the evenings and weekends and in certain industrial areas, the ridership isn’t as high, so the demand for a larger bus just isn’t there. Larger buses cost a lot more to operate, so we thought we’d bring in some smaller buses that are cheaper to operate during the low ridership times.”
Fleet Systems Manager Dwayne Thompson says there will be a big cost saving.
“We’re looking at the fuel to likely be around two-thirds of what the forties (40-foot buses) that they are replacing would be, however, the cost of the bus to purchase and operate over that time will be probably closer to half of what the 40 was.
Henry says bigger savings are coming.
“That is nothing compared to what we have coming in March, when we get our electric buses. That’s going to be 100 percent savings and (will be) 100 percent plus, considering we’re going to power them through solar.”
At the news conference unveiling the new bus, Mayor Given read a proclamation declaring September 18 Transit Day. Bus rides will be free for everyone. There will also be giveaways and pizza on the bus.