PEKIN-Some students in the Pekin School Districts will be riding brand new buses next year.
The Pekin City Council unanimously approved the lease of 66 new buses.
That makes up roughly two thirds of their fleet.
They will be equipped with cameras, GPS devices, and a tracking system for parents.
The lease runs for five years at a cost of $640,000 dollars a year.
Transportation Superintendent Ty Whitford says the increasing average age of the current fleet prompted the need for new buses.
"The need for the lease comes from the age of our fleet and safety concerns. The average age is about thirteen years. We need to be in a ten year average per contract," said Whitford.
The council also approved an agreement for the design of new fuel dispensing systems at the Pekin Municipal Airport.