Bendy buses deemed 'lemons'
City considers used vehicles with history of catching fire
By: Jen Skerritt
Posted: 03/6/2012 1:00 AM | Comments: 51 (including replies)
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The City of Ottawa plans to replace its aging fleet with these new articulated buses. Winnipeg has first dibs on the old buses that were traded in.
The used bendy buses Winnipeg wants to buy have been called "lemons" and were part of Ottawa's old fleet that had faulty parts that caused some buses to catch fire.
Last week, Winnipeg Transit announced it wants to spend $1.1 million to purchase the articulated buses at a discounted rate from New Flyer Industries after Ottawa traded them in for new buses. The buses will cost $53,000 each, instead of the $625,000 they would cost if purchased new.
In total, it will cost Winnipeg $2.2 million to buy and fix up the buses.