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New buses rolled out in Cold Lake

Cold Lake got to see the future of transit in the city. The two brand new Nova Buses were unveiled in a small ceremony in the parking lot of the Tri-City Mall. Residents ready to ride the buses and local politicians and city officials all toured the insides and took a loop around the South leg of the city.

Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland says he’s thrilled with the two new additions to the fleet.

“They’re amazing. It’s great to have new buses for everyone in Cold Lake, especially for the drivers. For the customers, I think they’re really going to be impressed by the quality of these buses.”

The new buses were designed specifically for Cold Lake. They feature the ability to kneel and allow wheelchair access. The total passenger capacity is 35 seats or 29 seats with two wheelchairs. Routes will be kept the same but wait times for a bus may decrease.

Copeland says the next step for the city is to figure out if a fee is needed to offset costs of bussing.

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“Right now it’s free. Transit costs the city roughly about $900,000 but it’s been a big success.”

As it stands, the fleet of buses in the city stands at five. Copeland says the older units will be kept as back-up to the new models.

“We’ll eventually have to decide what we do with the remaining buses.”

The new buses feature the ability to kneel and allow handicapped riders aboard – Mike Marshall
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