Penticton transit welcomes green fleet

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BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha unveiled the newest addition to the local transit fleet with Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton, and Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff Wednesday.

Penticton residents were able to view the first of eight new 2009 Nova LFS buses that will replace the old fleet by the end of this year.

"It is our goal to build healthier, more livable communities," says Manuel Achadinha, President and CEO of BC Transit.

Penticton Mayor, Dan Ashton, says the new buses represents a proactive approach in respect to addressing Penticton's transit needs.

"With the addition of these new buses we welcome their versatility and their low environmental footprint in our community," says Ashton.

The new 2009 Nova LFS bus is 40 feet long, accommodates up to two wheelchairs, is air conditioned, diesel-powered and carries up to 76 passengers (standing and seated).

Compared to the former fleet, eight 1992 New Flyer buses, the 2009 Nova LFS emits less greenhouse gases and is more fuel efficient.

"The current bus fleet is now close to 20 years old and this new investment will ensure that Penticton transit users can continue to enjoy accessible and reliable transportation, that is also more environmentally friendly," says Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff.

Funding of the local transit system is cost-shared between the City of Penticton and BC Transit.

For routes, schedules and general inquiries, please call the local BC Transit operator at (250) 492-5602 or visit www.bctransit.com.

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