Even without an announced contract, we figured, as the vehicles are used more frequently and for longer stretches, wear and tear could eventually mean an accelerated purchase schedule, which could reward local companies in the end.
But, days later, the MTA announced it was indeed going to buy new buses — 300 of them. And it was going to buy from Prevost, which owns Nova Bus. The buses will be manufactured at the Nova Bus site in Plattsburgh.
Part of the reason MTA made the choice was the higher percentage of the buses that would be made in New York state — again thanks to the quality work and workers in Plattsburgh.
We again have cause for celebration. More work over a two-year period is guaranteed.
This is the kind of success we have come to expect from our bidding companies. And rarely, if ever, do they disappoint.