Thanks to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), in the past, there has been a joint purchase of new buses for municipalities. Originally, this involved six municipalities: Barrie, Burlington, Durham Region, London, Windsor and York Region. It was later increased to eight municipalities. They saved tax payers on average of $15,000 per bus.
Metrolinx, will be taking over the program for 2008. The procurement started by the MTO, now involves seven transit systems; Burlington, York Region, Durham Region, Barrie, London, North Bay, and Orillia. A further eight Transit systems have expressed interest in joining.
The bids include...
1. Conventional 9-metre (30ft) low-floor urban diesel transit bus(es);
2. Conventional 12-metre (40ft) low-floor urban diesel transit bus(es); and
3. 12-metre (40ft) low-floor urban diesel-electric hybrid transit bus(es).
The bid submission deadline will be, 11:00:00 a.m. June 20, 2008 Toronto time. Read more here.