Three new BC Transit Vicinity buses are coming to Prince George.
The new buses are made by Grande West Transportation International Ltd., based in Aldergrove, B.C.The 35-foot medium duty buses will help better meet the transit needs of the communities they serve as they perform better and have more safety features than the current fleet of buses.
Each Vicinity bus can seat 30 passengers with room for another 24 standees. There is also space for two mobility aids. The new buses are equipped with two doors for more efficient operation and easier access on and off the bus by customers.
The new vehicles will increase reliability of the service and offer greater comfort for riders.
“We are very excited that the residents of Prince George have the opportunity to travel in the newer vehicles – we look forward to enjoying the updates and improvements to the fleet,” said Mayor Lyn Hall, in a press release.
Each bus will cost approximately $347,000, and is funded by the Province of B.C. and the City of Prince George through BC Transit’s local government lease fee program.
“The new buses will help us better connect people and the communities in Prince George,” said Manuel Achadinha, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers will see and hear a difference with the new buses as they are more effective and efficient.”
The new buses will also have active closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Details about the CCTV camera program can be found at bctransit.com.
The three new vehicles will replace older vehicles in the fleet. It is part of a larger province-wide refresh and expansion program, with over 100 buses arriving in communities across British Columbia over the next two-years from Grande West, New Flyer and ARBOC.