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Published June 07, 2010, 04:01 PM

Federal Recovery Act provides money for new buses

(WDAY TV) - Metro area bus routes may expand thanks to a fleet of free buses, or at least free to Fargo and Moorhead.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The federal recovery and reinvestment act provided the money for 6 new buses, valued together at 2.3 million dollars or about 380-thousand dollars a piece.

Buses need to be replaced every 12 to 15 years, like these that have about 500-thousand miles on them.

The City of Fargo's planning director days when they get that old they start to cost the city more money to operate. Normally it can only afford to replace a couple buses about every 5 years.

“Be a more reliable bus because if you try and keep buses in services longer, you're more likely to have some break downs. It also allows us to look at some fleet expansion.”

Gilmour says metro area transit may expand its routes into areas it doesn't currently serve. The new fleet of buses have front and rear destination signs and will hit the streets in late August.