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 ( ) 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.


Information from: Press-Republican,