BUSES PURCHASE PROSPECT * USA - School Board votes to buy 12 new school buses
Ouachita Parish,LA,USA -The News Star, by Stephen Largen -August 11, 2010: -- With the start of school a week away, the Ouachita Parish School Board on Tuesday night voted to purchase 12 new school buses and lease another eight for the fall semester... The School Board had planned to purchase a smaller number of buses to replace aging ones, but School Board members said they had little choice but to buy more than the district planned and lease the others after a July fire destroyed seven buses at the school district's garage... The school district will seek bids for the new buses, which will likely cost between $70,000 to $90,000 each depending on capacity... But the new buses won't be available until early November at the earliest, necessitating the leases... Leasing the buses through mid January will cost the district around $50,000...
* Oregon - TriMet to ask Portland-area voters for $125 million to replace aging buses
Salem,ORE,USA -The Oregonian, by Joseph Rose -11 Aug 2010: -- The TriMet board voted unanimously Wednesday to put the property-tax measure on the ballot. If approved, it would cost the owner of a median-priced $240,000 home in the Metro area $19 and change each year... TriMet wants voters to approve a $125 million bond measure in November. TriMet wants to replace 150 aging, hard-to-access buses so that it can better serve the approaching wave of retiring baby boomers... As America's largest generation rolls past 65, TriMet finds itself operating one of the nation's oldest bus fleets... Many vehicles are approaching 20 years old. And 250 of the older buses are high-floor models that are often taken out of service to fix malfunctioning mechanical lifts, TriMet officials said... (Photo by Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian: TriMet plans to appeal to voters to finance a bond measure so the transit agency can replace some of its aging buses)
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