Metro transit is taking its new fleet of 39 buses into the shop to fix air-conditioning problems that surfaced in the summer heat.

Metro took possession of many of the new buses over the winter, said Curt Simon, the transit authority’s executive director. But in the heat, buses suffered problems with a compressor in the air-conditioning units and with belts that also affected the air-conditioning, he said.

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The transit authority, along with manufacturing staff that came to Omaha, has been working to fix the problem for the past three weeks, Simon said. The problems should be fixed by Tuesday, he said.

Simon said a “fleet defect” was declared for the compressor problems, which allowed every new bus to receive the fix.

Out of the 39 new buses, Metro is still working on 10. The transit authority has 117 buses in its fleet.

Considering Metro’s other typical summer maintenance problems, Simon said it’s likely Metro will run some buses without air-conditioning. He put the figure at around six buses at one time Wednesday.

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