Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Moose Jaw bus fleet manager Bill Anderson (right) explains the features of the city’s newest bus to Moose Jaw Mayor Deb Higgins, left, and director of engineering Josh Mickleborough.

Moose Javians will be able to chill out in the city’s newest bus as early as next week.

The city unveiled the newest addition to its fleet of city buses Thursday morning. The new vehicle is air conditioned, equipped with a bike rack, and more accessible for people with disabilities.

The bus ‘kneels,’ or lowers itself, to get closer to the curb for people with reduced mobility, and is equipped with a wheelchair ramp. It can also accommodate more wheelchairs than other city buses.

The 24-seat bus is Moose Jaw’s only air-conditioned vehicle. It was bought for $365,000 from Grande West Transportation in Vancouver. It is expected to last 10-12 years with regular use.

The new bus is also expected to save the city money in operating costs.

“It’s more fuel-efficient than the other buses,” said Bill Anderson, who’s in charge of the city’s bus fleet. “With it being cheaper to run, it will provide us cost savings.”

It is also easier to operate in the winter.

For more on this story, please see the Sept. 2 Moose Jaw Times-Herald.