Grays Harbor Transit has purchased six new diesel buses — complete with some new features — to replace old ones.
They include USB charging ports next to every seat, eight security cameras — four inside and four outside — as well as a monitor inside that can show passengers a video of the entire interior. The drivers also have a rear-view camera for backing up.
For wheelchair users, there are new designated spots with restraints and arm bars that pull down to prevent them from jostling around.
Each bus cost approximately $462,000, which was paid 80 percent by federal funding and 20 percent from Grays Harbor Transit, according to Grays Harbor Transit’s General Manager Ken Mehin.
The buses should be up and running “no later than mid-February” according to Mehin.
These buses are not connected to Washington State’s $112.7 million it received in a federal settlement with Volkswagen after investigators found that the company illegally installed software in its diesel cars designed to trick emissions control tests.
Some of that settlement money was offered to state communities to purchase new electric or hybrid transit buses, but Mehin said the financial match from his department would’ve been too expensive.