Maryland Department of Transportation buys 140 buses for Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Get ready to have a new ride for Baltimore City travel! 

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration struck a deal with a Minnesota-based bus company to buy 140 buses for the city. 

New Flyer of America Inc., will sell Baltimore the clean-diesel buses for $81.3 million. The transit administration hopes that more buses will improve bus routes in the city. 

Each bus is 40-feet-long and will be out on the streets starting in 2018. 

"We're excited to add the new vehicles, which will further modernize our fleet of buses and enhance service reliability for the thousands of people who ride our CityLink and LocalLink bus routes each day," said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. "As BaltimoreLink connects people to where they live, work and play, expanding our fleet with clean-diesel buses will improve the environment and go a long way to providing public transportation that will strengthen our communities."

New Flyer is the largest transit bus manufacturer in North America and has built nearly 800 buses for The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration. 

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