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New buses will roll for western county riders

A plan to expand and improve the Gold Country Stage bus fleet was approved this morning at a special meeting of the Transit Services Commission of Western Nevada County.

Board members approved the purchase of three new buses this year to add to the fleet and five more to replace existing units at a cost of $600,000. The plan recently developed by county staff members also includes a bus replacement schedule for the next five years and a reserve fund to help buy them.

“It will mean more efficient buses on the road which will make service more efficient and more pleasant for riders,” said board chairwoman Ann Guerra.

Board member Josh Susman said the plan to buy 29 and 32-foot Chevrolet busses should mean fewer breakdowns and better consistency for riders.

“When someone comes out to use the bus service, it better be there,” Susman said, or ridership drops. He also said rising fuel prices could give Gold Country Stage a boost in ridership in coming months.

For the full story, see Friday’s edition of The Union

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