New TriMet buses replace older fleet

New TriMet buses replace older fleet

TriMet's six new buses unveiled this week are the first of 70 diesel buses it will get this year.

“One of my top priorities during my tenure is to reinvest in our system,” says TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “Accelerating the bus purchase schedule furthers TriMet’s mission to provide valued transit service that is safe, dependable and easy to use.”

TriMet had delayed buying replacement buses for several years because of its financial problems. As a result, some buses in the fleet are more than 18 years old. The industry standard is eight years. TriMet plans to meet that standard by 2016 — and to have replaced all older “high floor” buses with newer “low floor” ones that are easier for disabled riders to access.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.