Transit riders on the 54 St. Vital Express will be in for a surprise this afternoon.
One of the city’s articulated, "bendy" buses will be making its debut.
The articulated buses have been spotted around the city in the last few weeks in a training role, but a City spokeswoman said this afternoon’s run will be the first time one of the vehicles will be ferrying passengers. The "bendy" bus will make its first pick-up at about 3:50 p.m. on eastbound Portage Avenue at Langside Street.
Winnipeg Transit purchased 20 used articulated buses from Ottawa last year. The vehicles were refurbished by New Flyer Industries, the manufacturer.
Winnipeg Transit will slowly integrate the 18-metre vehicles, which can carry 40 per cent more passengers than a regular 12-metre transit bus.