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Council approves purchase of 10 new buses

Posted: February 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.
Updated: February 29, 2012 10:43 a.m.
 


The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to replace 10 aging buses that run on diesel with new buses that run on cleaner compressed natural gas.

The 10 buses cost $4.84 million and will replace buses that have been used for 12 years, Transit Manager Adrian Aguilar said Monday. The city still owns 21 diesel buses and is seeking to replace all of them with buses that run on compressed natural gas.

The first 10 will replaced this year and 11 are scheduled to be replaced next year.

The compressed natural gas fuel costs about a third less than diesel and burn more cleanly, Aguilar said.

The 40-foot-long buses will mostly be paid for using $3.88 million in federal funds allocated based on population, Aguilar said. The other $968,840 in funding will come from local tax money that is distributed to municipal operations.

 

 

 

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