Link Transit unveils new buses

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WENATCHEE, WA.-Link Transit announces a new fleet of diesel-fueled buses to serve riders between  Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan. Twelve new 40-foot long coaches are the first arrivals in a fleet replacement effort that will see about 75% of Link’s buses replaced by the end of 2020.

The new buses replace 2007 and 2008 models some of which have in excess of 700,000 miles on them. They cost about $526,000 each. The purchases were made using sales tax revenue that was saved for that purpose. The buses are powered by clean diesel, and are equipped with the latest in emissions control technology, which makes them significantly cleaner than the buses they replace.

The “useful life” of these types of vehicles is 12 years or 500,000 miles. “These new vehicles mean renewed assurance of reliability”, said Richard DeRock, Link’s General Manager. “Our aging fleet of commuter coaches has reached the point where breakdowns were becoming more and more frequent, and impacts to service are an inconvenience to our guests. They can now feel more confident that Link can get them where they need to go!”

Officials say in a news release that GILLIG is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in the United States. From initial design through final assembly, each GILLIG bus is designed and built by dedicated Americans in Livermore, California. GILLIG buses are known for their unmatched quality and have earned their reputation as the lowest cost buses to maintain and operate.

Link Transit is the public transportation provider for Chelan and Douglas counties, operating fixed route service to 17 communities across the region. Link carries approximately 1,000,000 passengers per year, and is funded primarily by a locally approved 4/10 of 1% sales tax.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.