AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is celebrating the renovation of a bus that has saved thousands of dollars and supported Maine jobs.

The Republican governor’s office said the Maine Military Authority’s renovation of the 2006 transit coach bus cost just $100,000 while a new, 32-foot bus would have cost $260,000.

An MMA spokesman said in a statement that the renovation of the bus will increase its service life expectancy by 4 to 7 years.

LePage recently applauded the renovation at a ceremony in Augusta.

MMA is a quasi-state agency that has refurbished more than 14,000 military vehicles at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone. It announced its expansion into transit buses in August.

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