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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A Canadian company has been awarded a nearly $165 million contract to build 300 New York City transit buses at its upstate factory.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports (http://bit.ly/18ECik5 ) that the Metropolitan Transit Authority approved a $164.8 million contract for Prevost during the agency's board of directors meeting Wednesday. The clean-diesel buses will be built at the company's plant in the town of Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border in northeastern New York.

A company spokesman told the newspaper that Prevost hadn't received an official confirmation from the MTA on Wednesday. Sainte-Claire, Quebec-based Prevost, a division of Volvo Group Canada, is in the midst of its annual two-week summer holiday.

MTA officials say the new buses will replace the oldest in the city's fleet and will be used on express routes from the outer boroughs into Manhattan.

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Information from: Press-Republican, http://www.pressrepublican.com