City Eyes Buying 20 Pre-Owned Stretch Buses

Winnipeg Transit is considering buying 20 pre-owned articulated buses -- similar to this one. (WIKIPEDIA)

Winnipeg Transit is in the market for 20 pre-owned accordion-style buses to add to their fleet.

The 60-foot articulated buses from New Flyer Industries would be sold at a 10 percent discount to the city and cost $625,000 ($53,000 per bus plus GST). The price tag would include delivery to Winnipeg, two years of indoor heated storage, and approximately $11,500 per bus of refurbishment to be undertaken by New Flyer.

The expanded fleet would improve service and provide the most value to taxpayers, according to the city.

An articulated bus is a single-deck designed vehicle used in public transportation which comprises two rigid sections linked by a pivoting joint. They are also commonly referred to as tandem or stretch buses, which can carry 40 percent more passengers than a regular bus.

Council approval is needed for the purchase and will consider a report on Monday, March 5. If approved, the buses could go into service by 2014 or sooner.