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In Landover, buses are given the vehicular equivalent of a physical and a facelift.

Every year, 100 buses are rehabilitated at a cost of $122,000 each during an eight- to 10-week process that involves racking and gutting them to ensure what needs to be replaced is switched out and what needs a touch up is spiffed and shined.

The industry standard for a bus’ lifespan is 12 years, but Metro extends it to 15 years through the midlife overhaul.

“We’re taking less-reliable buses off the street and providing a much more reliable piece of equipment,” Mr. Requa said.