City council gave the green light to Cornwall Transit's plan to buy three used buses from the City of Kingston.
The conventional "Orion 6" buses come with a $67,500 price tag that doesn't include taxes. Transit will use Provincial Transit Gas Tax funds to cover the costs.
Transit manager Len Tapp said it's time to make the purchase because the city has some older buses in its fleet that need to be retired. And, since the city can;t afford to go out and buy new buses right now, purchasing used machines makes sense.
The gas tax monies are available because Cornwall Transit's 2012 capital projects were completed under budget and because the city received some $9,562 more in gas tax funding than it expected.
Still, it will cost the city some money and labour to bring the buses up to snuff. They require some detailing and signage replacement.
"These are not brand new buses," Tapp said. "But we can get a few more years out of them."
The additional buses purchased from Kingston are fully accessbile to those with special needs - bringing the city's fleet to a nearly 80 per cent accessibility rating from 57.