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Metrolinx buys new accessible buses for 11 transit services

Metrolinx is helping Ontario regions, cities and towns save money on accessible public transit vehicles by buying 27 new accessible eight-metre buses through a partnership with 11 municipalities. The joint partnership marks the first time that Ontario municipalities have collaborated to buy specialized transit vehicles.

The municipalities and non-profit specialized transit service providers who participated in the joint bus order are saving about $400,000 on a $3.5 million order.

Locally, Durham Region Transit’s Specialized Services, Oakville Transit’s Care-A-Van and York Region Transit’s Mobility Plus service will all benefit from working with Metrolinx to buy the new vehicles, as will mobility transit services in Bancroft, Cornwall, Kenora, North Bay, St. Thomas, Sarnia, Thunder Bay and Welland.

By working together, the transit agencies could significantly save with to generate with a lower unit price on the new buses and reduced the administrative costs.

The high-floor and low-floor buses are accessible and carry as many as six passengers with personal mobility devices at a time. The buses will use clean diesel and meet 2010 emissions standards.

Two Canadian manufacturers — Creative Carriage and Crestline Coach Ltd. — will supply the vehicles.