BC Transit has announced that riders can expect to see a handful of new vehicles operating throughout Nanaimo in the coming days.
Four new light-duty buses will be put into service across the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System in an effort to provide a “safe, reliable and comfortable” passenger experience.
These light-duty buses will be replacing existing diesel buses in the fleet that are “nearing the end of their service life,” says BC Transit.
According to the transit authority, the 26-foot light-duty buses can carry up to 21 seated passengers.
The vehicles, which BC Transit calls ARBOC Spirit of Freedom buses, will have the flexibility for up to two mobility aids as well.
BC Transit says the new buses will come equipped with white LED destination signs, modern vinyl seating, quiet gasoline engines, increased interior lighting and a rear route number.
The aim of these added features is to increase safety, cleanliness and customer experience for both conventional and paratransit service, BC Transit said in a press release issued on Wednesday.
Each bus will also have a temporary vinyl panel installed to protect the health of drivers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nanaimo additions are part of a wider plan to add approximately 70 light-duty buses in select transit systems across British Columbia this year.
Earlier this summer, the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System also deployed 15 new Micro Bird G5 light-duty buses into service.