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TriMet starts rolling out 70 new buses

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet put six new buses into service on Tuesday.

They are the first of 70 new buses slated to be added to the fleet this summer and fall, and are part of the 3100 series.

TriMet says the buses are more efficient, have higher quality digital cameras and will be put on various routes throughout the area.

Each bus has standard air-conditioning, automatic stop announcements, easy-to-clean vinyl seats and interior services, larger windows, low floors, handrails and a gently sloping floor at the rear exit, a next-generation GPS dispatch system and improved windshield visibility for operators.

They cost $413,000 each, and will be distributed between two garages, Merlo Garage in Beaverton and Center St. Garage in Southeast Portland.

TriMet will begin replacing the buses that are the highest on the retirement priority list.

TriMet says some buses in the fleet are more than 18 years old.

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