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WRTA to purchase 48 full-size buses over next 5 years

Published: Wed, February 27, 2013 @ 5:03 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The local transit authority has authorized an estimated $19.7 million in spending for replacement buses over the next five years.

Trustees of the Western Reserve Transit Authority have authorized the purchase of up to 48 new full-size, fixed-route buses and four new para-transit buses, all to replace buses to be retired from the authority’s existing fleet.

Eighty percent of the cost of the full-size regular route buses, estimated to cost about $400,000 each, will be paid by Federal Transit Administration funds, and 20 percent from local sales tax levy money.

The trustees made the decision at their meeting today.

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1Pyroc(131 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Does the WRTA REALLY need 48 full size buses? I have never seen one even half full. They could save Millions by downsizing their fleet to smaller, more fuel efficient buses for the majority of their routes. Oh, I almost forgot, Mr. Ferraro is in the business of wasting taxpayers money. Sorry, My Bad!

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2redeye1(5529 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Typical Gov't manged entity, they got tax payers money , so they just might as well waste it on stuff they don't really need to do business .It 's the OBAMMY mentality spend if you got it, when it runs out , just cry some more for more mney the stupid general public will give it to you.

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3NoBS(2680 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

From the WRTA's own website, they have 15 fixed routes. They could run three buses per route and still have spares, if they had 48 buses. What an astoundingly wasteful decision. And the 20% of the price of the new buses we taxpayers will pay is $80,000 per bus, or $3,840,000 for the 48 buses. THREE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!! That's our 20% of the bill!!

I can think of a lot better things to do with that kind of money.

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