Albany-area transit agency rolls out new, longer buses

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Albany area’s public transit agency has rolled out its newest bus, an articulated model that can carry up to 160 passengers and costs $845,000 each.

The Times Union of Albany reports the new buses, unveiled as part of a fall festival Thursday, can hold up to 60 seated passengers and another 100 standing.

The Capital District Transportation Authority purchased two of the vehicles, each of which is 60 feet long. That’s 20 feet longer than a typical bus.

Officials say the transportation authority has contracted to buy up to 18 buses, which will be used on straight routes throughout Albany.

CDTA officials say the agency had similar buses in the 1980s, but today’s technology is better.

Newly installed camera systems have improved visibility for drivers in respect to the rear of the buses.

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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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