SANTA CLARA (KCBS)- Santa Clara’s Valley Transit Authority (VTA) is hoping to increase ridership by 25 percent and is willing to buy 20 new buses for $900,000.

According to VTA General Manager Michael Burns, the system is also looking into adding new routes and increasing their popular express services.

“The board approved a strategic plan to dramatically overhaul express bus service, as well as providing buses that are more attractive to riders; buses with wi-fi, high back seats, interiors that are more comfortable as well as increasing the fare,” said Burns.

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Burns said people aren’t opposed to taking buses as long as it’s an attractive experience.

“You just have to make it time that they [riders] can be productive, which is what we’re finding is one of the most important aspects to get more people interested in taking mass transit,” said Burns.

If approved the money for the new buses could put them on the road by early 2012.

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