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July 8, 2014

City Council agrees to purchase 10 new buses

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of at least 10 new city buses at almost $400,000 each.

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of at least 10 new city buses at almost $400,000 each.

The council unanimously agreed to purchase the buses from Hayward, Calif.-based Gillig Corp. and authorized issuing bonds to pay for them.

Federal grants will pay for 83 percent of the cost, with the rest coming from city bonds.

Thirty-five of the 56 buses and street trolleys that the city operates are more than 12 years old, according to the city.

The contract calls for the city to take delivery of 10 buses next year with an option to buy 50 more at the same price.

If the city eventually purchased all 60, it would cost between $21 million and $24 million. Diesel-powered buses cost a little under $400,000 each, while those operated on natural gas cost $440,000.

The 10 buses the city will receive next year are expected to be diesel, City Manager Robert Layton said.

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