They’re in talks with Cincinnati representatives to purchase buses, capable of seating 35 people, with about 400,000 miles on them. The cost to own them is between $1,700 to $2,500. They believe bigger buses could save a considerable amount of money.
To support the region’s leading public transportation operation, Erie County commissioners directed $46,000 from their budget so Sandusky Transit can acquire four new 16-person buses. The remaining cost for these four buses, totaling about $233,000, derives from a state grant. Expected to arrive later this year, the buses should replace four older buses in Sandusky Transit’s fleet.
When this occurs, Sandusky Transit will then own 16 of the 24 buses in its fleet. The rest are owned by a company contracting with Sandusky Transit providing vehicles. Owning a bus, as opposed to leasing or borrowing them, saves money in the long run. For instance, city officials can decide when they want to sell or get rid of a bus at their choosing.