New Port Authority of Allegheny County buses to start next week
The Port Authority of Allegheny County will start putting new buses on the roads next week.
The transit authority is getting 69 new buses as part of a replacement program to deliver more reliable and environmentally-friendly service throughout the county, spokesman Adam Brandolph wrote in a news release.
The Gillig buses are coming from California, Brandolph said. They’re expected to start arriving Wednesday.
Brandolph said the 40-foot buses cost $460,000 each and include modest upgrades from last year’s models, including driver safety improvements, an upgraded external audio system and larger LED tail lights for increased visibility.
Brandolph said the total cost was $32.3 million, including spare parts and training.
The buses are replacing the same number of buses that have been on the road for at least 12 years and are due to be retired, Brandolph said. They will be deployed from the Port Authority’s four bus garages and serve various routes throughout the county.
The buses were paid for, in part, by a a $3.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, a competitive grand funding program for transit bus projects nationwide, Brandolph said.
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