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P.E.I. has purchased 19 new school buses, including two fibreglass models, for the next school year.
A total of 19 new school buses costing just over $2 million will be rolling across Prince Edward Island next year.
Government has purchased 17 conventional steel buses from a distributor based in Ontario through a joint tendering process. The four Atlantic provinces bulk purchased the buses with the New Brunswick government taking the lead in administering the tender.
For the remaining two buses, the department has purchased fibreglass buses as a pilot project.
The fibreglass buses are being sourced from a distributor based in Prince Edward Island. The current year cost is the same as the conventional buses, but the government anticipates savings with reduced fuel costs due to a lower weight and also a reduced likelihood of body repairs due to rust or corrosion. Fuel costs are expected to be reduced by $20,000 over the lifetime of a fibreglass bus.
The government plans to put a regular replacement schedule in place.
The 19 new buses will be delivered in time for the next school year.