New passenger buses ordered by SEPTA have been delayed by production problems, forcing the transit agency to continue operating old buses that are increasingly prone to mechanical breakdowns.
The first of 275 new electric-diesel buses purchased for $202.6 million was delivered this week, SEPTA officials said Wednesday.
The first bus is more than a year behind schedule. The vehicles are being built by Nova Bus, Inc., a subsidiary of Volvo Bus Corp., headquartered in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, Canada.
Much of the assembly of the SEPTA buses is being done at a Nova plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The buses have been delayed by a shortage of workers, improper seat installation, faulty electrical systems, and bus panels that were painted the wrong color, SEPTA officials said.