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There’s new rubber hitting the road in the Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) fleet.
Recently, the department purchased seven new 2019 Ford E450 Champion buses. Five of the buses will be used in PRT’s urban program in and around Pocatello. Meanwhile, the other two will be utilized with the rural program in Franklin County. The vehicles feature a low-floor design with no entry steps, 18 passenger seats, and 3 wheelchair stations. The buses are fully ADA accessible.
“Our patrons’ preference for the low-floor design was a major contributing factor in purchasing this type of bus,” said Skyler Beebe, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “In the short time the buses have been in service, we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from our passengers on their design, comfort, and overall accessibility.”
The new buses replace vehicles that had an average lifetime mileage of around 300,000 miles. For comparison, the distance from the earth to the moon is a little under 240,000 miles.
The vehicles were purchased using a combination of federal, state, and City funds for a total cost of $743,050. The five buses utilized by the urban program cost $530,750, of which, $424,600 was covered by grants from the Federal Transit Administration and the remaining $106,150 by PRT. The two buses going to the rural program were 100 percent funded by $212,300 in grants from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.
In 2018, PRT served 293,148 passengers with its buses traversing 704,374 miles.
For more information on Pocatello Regional Transit, visit pocatellotransit.com.