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PDRTA introduces new buses

on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in Good life, News, Local News

PDRTA introduces new buses

The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority in Florence is introducing new buses to its fixed route fleet for the first time in 10 years. Three new buses with new graphics and colors were on display at a ceremony Thursday, May 17, at the Florence Downtown Transit Center.

City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye-Moore and Councilman and PDRTA Board Member George Jebaily made remarks.

The three new buses are the first of eight that PDRTA will introduce over upcoming months. The first three are 35-foot heavy duty low-floor transit buses built by the Gillig Corp. of Livermore, CA at an average cost of $433,000 per bus. Eighty-three percent of the funds are federal.

The low-floor feature is more common in contemporary transit buses and offers ease of access from a sidewalk level. The buses seat 31 passengers and each have two wheelchair tie-down stations and a bike rack on front.

The other new buses will be shorter in length but have the same new graphics.

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