Big bus buy

Halifax council Tuesday agreed to buy 45 new buses. The $33 million contract will have Nova Bus supply 15 buses over three years, with the first buses arriving in time for next school year.

Halifax council Tuesday agreed to buy 45 new buses. The $33 million contract will have Nova Bus, a division of the Volvo Bus Corporation, supply 15 buses over three years, with the first buses arriving in time for next school year.

Each year, 10 of the new buses will serve to expand Metro Transit's fleet, and five will replace aging buses. The new buses are the articulated, 60-foot LFS model, shown above. They'll be deployed on heavily used routes, increasing capacity by 50 percent; the 40-foot buses now used on those routes will be shifted to new and presently underserved routes.

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