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New city buses heading to Phoenix this week

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PHOENIX — New buses will be rolling down the streets of Phoenix fairly soon, the city’s public transit department announced.

The department ordered 120 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, which were scheduled to begin arriving from California this week. Anywhere from five to eight buses will be delivered every week through July.

A single bus costs $520,000, paid for through federal and Maricopa County Prop. 400 funds.

City officials said some of the current fleet included buses that were as old as 18 years and had logged nearly 1 million miles.

The new buses replace about 25 percent of the city’s fleet.

The vehicles will replace existing liquefied natural gas buses that averaged 12 years and 500,000 miles of service.

The replacements come equipped with an enhanced air conditioning system that includes two units that work in tandem to cool both the front and back of the bus simultaneously.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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