By Dave Scott
Beacon Journal staff writer
Metro RTA’s board on Wednesday approved the purchase of six low-floor, 40-foot Gillig buses expected to arrive in August.
Federal grants will pay for 80 percent of the $465,000 cost per bus. They are expected to go into service later that month. A Metro spokeswoman said they require about two weeks of preparation before going on the road.
No specific routes will receive the new vehicles.
The board also approved eliminating the $1.25 charge when Metro riders transfer from the system’s North Coast Express to Cleveland RTA buses. The Cleveland bus system is eliminating the $2.25 charge for its riders transferring to Metro RTA.
The change takes effect Monday and is expected to cost Metro $13,000 a year.
Metro’s board also approved 10 percent discounts to Jobs and Family Services for passes it gives to clients. That measure will cost about $31,000 a year.
Both fare changes were approved unanimously.
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