New fleet of Saskatoon Transit buses unveiled
Saskatoon Transit director Jim McDonald poses in front of a new bus unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Moses Woldu/CTV Saskatoon)
Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:08PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:23AM CST
A fleet of 15 new buses are hitting Saskatoon’s streets.
The buses, which were unveiled Tuesday, are some of 26 new 12-metre buses Saskatoon Transit has purchased over the last year, thanks to a $24-million contribution from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
Each bus in the fleet is fully accessible, with two wheelchair stations, and has automated passenger counters. They are also all paint free and have improved emissions — both of which leave smaller environmental footprints, according to the city — and come with lower long-term operating costs because of more durable materials.
The city says the fleet upgrade will save about $40,000 per year, per bus.
Saskatoon Transit will also be receiving eight nine-metre buses and two Access Transit vehicles as part of the fleet renewal.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund was a joint federal and provincial initiative. The fund is, in fact, solely a federal initiative. We regret the error.