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DFW Airport to spend $13.3 million on 34 new buses

DFW Airport is spending $13.3 million to replace 34 buses that shuttle to employee and remote parking lots.
DFW Airport is spending $13.3 million to replace 34 buses that shuttle to employee and remote parking lots. aahles@star-telegram.com

After traveling 500,000 miles each around Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, some of the airport’s buses are ready for retirement.

On Tuesday, the airport’s operations committee approved a contract to spend $13.3 million to replace 34 buses in its fleet, all of which run on compressed natural gas. The airport will use 25 buses as employee shuttles, 8 for taking passengers to remote parking lots and one for the rental car center.

“These are programmed replacements,” airport Vice President Rusty Hodapp told the board, saying the older buses have been in service for six to eight years.

The buses will be bought from Alliance Bus Group in Lewisville. And DFW has an option to spend an additional $28.5 million on 67 more, Hodapp said.

The airport’s concessions committee also approved contracts to buy new uniforms for its ambassador volunteers, who greet passengers and provide information for travelers in the terminals.

The new uniforms are part of the airport’s rebranding campaign “Travel. Transformed.” The Richey Co. in Irving will provide the orange dress and accessories for the uniform while Richardson-based Regali will provide gray suits. The total contract is $619,400.20.

The airport provides the uniforms at no cost to its volunteer ambassadors.

“The ambassadors have been wearing the current uniform design since 1999,” said DFW’s vice president of marketing, Sharon McCloskey. “We are excited to move this forward.”

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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