As a result of today’s Ride On bus fire involving a Champion bus, I have directed the Department of General Services to take all remaining Ride On Champion buses out of service -- permanently. We are very fortunate that no one was injured in today’s fire and there were no passengers on the out-of-service bus.
Staff has been working aggressively to find replacement buses for the Champions. A number of the buses have already been replaced, and by the end of August, we will have the remaining replacement buses in service.
Meanwhile, Ride On staff will work closely with the Department of General Services to address issues that may result from pulling the remaining Champions out of service.
The bottom line is -- removing the buses from service is the right thing to do to ensure the safety of the public and our bus drivers.