10/11/2017 - Two new buses joining the Community Connector fleet
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017
Contact: Michael Crooker, Assistant City Manager
Two new buses joining the Community Connector fleet
Bangor, Maine: The City of Bangor is pleased to announce the addition of two new Gillig buses to the Community Connector fleet. The new buses incorporate the latest advancements in rider safety and comfort features. In addition, the new buses are more environmentally friendly with engines that meet EPA emission standards. The new buses are replacing two recently retired buses that are 21 years old with a combined 1.4 million miles on them.
The delivery of the buses is the culmination of a two-year project that began in October of 2015. The City was able to expedite the bus purchase by piggy backing on another suitable contract with the State of Delaware. In total, both buses cost $841,018. The local share of the bus purchase is $267,298 with the remaining $573,720 provided by grants funded by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
The new buses will be operating on the Community Connector routes by the beginning of next week.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.