SEPTA will spend $171 million on 245 new buses, under a plan sent to the SEPTA board Thursday.
Most of the buses are to be built with hybrid electric-diesel engines, though 85 are set to be cheaper diesel-powered buses. Hybrid buses are more fuel-efficient and less polluting but cost about 34 percent more than diesel buses.
If the SEPTA board approves next Thursday, the contract will be awarded to NOVA Bus, a Canadian subsidiary of Swedish manufacturer Volvo Bus Corp. The buses are to be built in NOVA's Plattsburgh, N.Y., plant.