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Regina will spend $3 million to buy six new buses.

While Saskatoon says it had to cancel bus routes due to maintenance issues, the City of Regina is worried some of its corroding buses may cause similar problems.

An administration report going to Regina City Hall this week calls on the city to move quickly to buy six buses from Nova Bus Industries for $3 million.

The money will have to come out of a reserve fund, because the 2015 capital budget won't get approved for another eight months.

'These buses have exceeded their design life and all are starting to exhibit potentially significant corrosion.' - Administration report to Finance and Administration Committee

The new vehicles would replace six 1997 New Flyer buses that are having rust problems.

"These buses have exceeded their design life and all are starting to exhibit potentially significant corrosion to some structural components and should be retired from service soon," the report to the city's Finance and Administration Committee says.

 "Replacing all six buses at this time will mitigate the risk of reduced public transit services."

One of the New Flyers went through a recent safety inspection and was found to have "considerable corrosion on the frame at the front wheel area."

The other five New Flyers have roughly the same mileage and are showing the same rust problems, the report says.

The city has bought 57 new buses since 2010, including 33 in the last two years.

If the finance committee approves spending the $3 million, city council will have final say on the purchase.