Broome County is moving to modernize the fleet of vehicles used to provide public transportation service.

The new Gillig buses have been in service since last month. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Seven new buses were put in service on BC Transit routes over the last few weeks.

County officials say the new buses were first used to provide shuttle service at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott last month.

The seven 44-passenger buses, which cost just over $3 million, were purchased from Gillig Corporation. They were driven across the country from the company's California manufacturing facility. Eight more similar buses are to be acquired from Gillig at a cost of about $442,000 each.

The new vehicles will replace some of the oldest buses in the BC Transit fleet. Most of the funding for the additional buses is provided by the state and federal governments.

According to the county, BC Transit provides about 2.2 million rides each year.

Aboard one of the recently-acquired BC Transit buses on September 21, 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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