TTC to purchase 1,000 buses and refurbish 700

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The TTC is to get a little over 1,000 new buses and will have the funds to refurbish around 700 more that need some change.

The money for this hugely expensive plan is a result of a joint financial arrangement between the federal government ($442 million) and the city ($492 million).

The refurbishing of hundreds of its vehicles is expected to give them a new lease of life as well as reduce the cost of replacing them all together.

The TTC’s Ridership Growth Strategy released last December found that although adult ridership has seen the sharpest decline since 2014, weekday bus and streetcar use increased by two percent, or four million riders, offsetting a one per cent, or two million, decline in subway rides.

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Unfortunately, many TTC vehicles are affected by vandalism. Almost everyone can point to an incident they’ve witnessed where someone on board simply disregarded public property. Prolonging the life of vehicles also requires riders to treat public property as their own, given that the cost of maintaining and operating the service eventually comes out of their own pockets. -CINEWS

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