METRO INTRODUCES 34 NEW BUSES INTO SERVICE
New buses with added amenities replace aging coaches in fleetMetro riders got their first look at the agency’s new buses last week, when 34 new 1900 series buses rolled into service.Each bus features rider-requested amenities like Wi-Fi, convenient on-board charging ports for electronic devices and easy-to-maintain plastic seats. The buses will also include customer-facing screens that will broadcast a live feed of Metro’s on-board security cameras, an enhancement expected to emphasize customer safety and security on board.As a result of the addition of the new buses, Metro will retire the last of its high-floor vehicles, replacing them with more accessible low-floor models.The new buses, along with 27 new buses placed into service in late 2018, were purchased with $26.1 million in federal grants awarded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI).“We’re excited to have these buses out on the road, providing our customers with modern amenities and a more enjoyable ride,” said Metro Interim CEO & General Manager Darryl Haley.The estimated cost to replace a 40-foot bus is nearly $500,000. Cincinnati Metro relies primarily on grants to fund its bus replacement program. The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) provided a required 20% local match for the new buses.
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