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City to replace two parabuses

The two new low floor para-buses being recommended are slightly smaller than the units being replaced and will offer greater ease of accessibility for wheelchair and ambulatory passengers
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bus terminal peter reid turl 2016
Photo by Jeff Turl.

A pair of new para busses will be bought by the city in the total amount of $223,448.00 if council gives its approval to a staff report.

North Bay City Transit currently operates six para-buses which each have a life-span of about seven years.

"Two units have reached the end of their useful-life and are scheduled for replacement this year," says the report. "Both para-buses are in very poor condition and refurbishment would not be cost-effective. Continued operation of these units will result in significant ongoing operating costs.

"The two new low floor para-buses being recommended are slightly smaller than the units being replaced and will offer greater ease of accessibility for wheelchair and ambulatory passengers. The new vehicles are equipped with side and rear access ramps as opposed to the current hydraulic lift system and will be more operationally efficient from a scheduling and maintenance perspective."

The regular meeting of council is tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.