THE NSW Government last week announced that it will replace 200 hundred older vehicles in the State Transit fleet with new buses to be built in Western Sydney.
The new buses, to be built at the Custom Coaches factory with chassis supplied by Volvo and Scania, will include air-conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.
The government said the buses will be distributed across State Transit's operating area which includes the North West, Inner West, South Sydney, Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs and Newcastle.
NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, said the $88 million investment in new buses will create 49 new full time jobs.
The new buses are in addition to the 1000 growth buses the Government will purchase over ten years under the Metropolitan Transport Plan.
Transport Minister John Robertson said that the 200 new buses will mean that by 2013, over 80 per cent of the State Transit fleet will be air-conditioned.
"Up to 50 of the new buses will be allocated to Newcastle, with the remaining vehicles deployed right here in Sydney," Mr Robertson said.
"The first 100 of the new buses will be in operation by mid-2012, with the remaining 100 due by mid-2013."