New buses will soon be hitting the streets of Broome County


A fresh wave of buses will soon be hitting the streets of Broome County.

Eight new clean diesel buses will be replacing older diesel buses that are being put out of commission. 

By 2020 B.C Transit will have replaced 30 buses which are over two-thirds of its fleet.

The new buses will offer cleaner emissions and consume less fuel creating a more eco-friendly footprint for Broome County.

Department of Public Transportation Commissioner Greg Kilmer says along with the environmental benefits, the new buses also make sense financially.  “It becomes very expensive to repair a bus. We measure costs per mile. Newer buses under warranty our cost per mile goes down as much as 50 percent so they’re much more efficient to operate. Secondly, they get better fuel economy we’ve seen as much as a 30 percent increase in fuel economy compared to our old diesel buses.”

Each city bus lasts about 14 years accruing about 50,000 miles year. 

The cost per bus was close to $447,000 dollars with most of the cost being covered by state capital funding. 

Of the $3.5 million total price, only $112,000 of which was paid for by local taxpayers. 

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