Ben-Brussels Bus Company will begin a three-month “pre-purchase” period to obtain a new bus fleet to serve the region’s growing population of immigrants.
The company said the bus fleet is being acquired through a private-sector partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and that the purchase price will be “less than one-tenth” the cost of a new Ben-BRT bus, the Detroit Free Press reports.
On June 3, 2017, the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Co. announced plans to convert their Ben-Brook bus fleet from a fleet of aging buses to a fleet equipped with a new fleet of buses that will operate from a new facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to participate in this exciting program,” said Benjamin Transportation Chairman Michael Bower.
Bower added that the Ben & Jerry’s plan is a win for Michigan and the United States as it is expected to create thousands of new jobs for the state.
With the purchase, Ben-brancys transportation company will have access to more buses and more funding than any other company in the country, he said.
Ben-Brancys buses, however, will be built by local contractors instead of going to the U.S. Government or other overseas facilities.
According to the company, the buses are expected to be operational by September 2019.
It is unclear when the Benbrancks bus fleet will arrive in the city.
A spokesman for the MDOT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other companies have also announced bus fleet conversions to accommodate new arrivals.
In May 2018, United Parcel Service announced plans for a new “high-density” bus fleet with seats for up to 400 people.
In August 2018, FedEx said it will convert its fleet of 1,000 vans from a single-car bus to a two-car fleet.
(Read more: FedEx: New fleet is more efficient than previous fleet and is more affordable for customers) In July 2018, the U-Haul Co. purchased a fleet from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase its transit capacity.
Last year, the Seattle Department of Aviation announced plans on how to convert two old Boeing 747s into two new 747-400 aircraft.
This would allow for the expansion of the city’s transportation infrastructure.
These conversions are being conducted in partnership with local companies that are in the process of purchasing new vehicles, the Department of City Planning said.