Winnipeg Transit Adding Bendy Buses to Busy Routes

Winnipeg Transit
St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes and Winnipeg Transit director Dave Wardrop in front one of the new articulated buses on Osborne Street, Friday, November 8, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Transit’s fleet of 20 articulated buses will be put into service in the coming weeks.

The city on Friday gave media a preview of the 60-foot buses, which were purchased pre-owned from New Flyer Industries for $53,000 each.

The longer buses — also referred to as tandem or stretch buses due to their pivoting joint — are said to alleviate pass-ups and overcrowding for passengers. The vehicles can seat 40 percent more passengers than a regular city bus, increasing seating capacity from 38 to 54. They will be dispatched during weekday peak periods over a seven-hour span throughout the most heavily-used routes.

As part of the purchase, New Flyer also made approximately $11,000 of refurbishments to each bus.

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