Anyways, I wanted to show you guy an article, if you haven't already seen it, about the purchase of two new Nova LFX (yes, not LFS but LFX) buses for use mainly in Dieppe.
The newest addition to the southeastern New Brunswick city's roster of buses pulled into a parking lot behind city hall on Friday, and will pick up its first riders on Saturday.
John Allain, the general manager of Codiac Transit, said the two new buses should put Dieppe ahead of the curve when it comes to bus technology.
They feature wireless internet technology even when they are commuting and the vehicles are much more fuel efficient than their predecessors.
"For transit systems, this is the next generation of buses that we'll see," he said.
Dieppe purchased the two LFX buses for $828,059, and $666,584 of that bill was paid out of the federal Gas Tax Fund. The buses, built by Nova Bus, are the first to be sold in Canada, according to city officials.
The two old buses will be taken off the road at the same time, so the actual number of public transit buses in the city will not increase.
There is a chance the old buses could be brought back in the fall, but that would be only for secondary service.
Codiac Transit operates 40 buses in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe. The new buses will not be the first in Codiac Transit's fleet that offer free internet — the express buses debuted the service in August 2007.
Demand grows for public transit
The lack of public transit options in Dieppe is growing into an irritation for many in the province's fastest growing city, with Mayor Jean LeBlanc saying wait times for buses have been cut down.
"We've already increased the frequency of the routes, so that's already done," LeBlanc said.
"So what I'm saying is what these new buses will do for our people is they'll be much more enjoyable and practical for people to ride in."
LeBlanc said Dieppe would like to add a new route this September to help meet the growing demand for public transit in the area.
I don't quite see the need for LFX in Dieppe, but it's nice anyways.