Replacement transit buses finally arrive

by Sarah Fay Campbell

alt

With one of the replacement Coweta transit buses are, from left, David Fountain, regional manager with Quality Trans; Taurus Davison, Quality Trans driver; Dorothy Davison, of the Quality Trans Coweta Office; and Tavores Edwards, Coweta County Transportation planner. 


Coweta County has finally gotten two new replacement shuttle bus vehicles for the Coweta County Transit System.

The two handicap equipped shuttle buses will replace the two handicap buses that have been in service since the dial-a-ride transit system began operating in 2009.

Those two buses got the most use out of the five in the county's system, according to Tavores Edwards, Coweta's transportation manager.

Coweta County had originally requested the two new shuttle buses back in January of 2012. There was a delay in getting contracts approved because the Georgia Department of Transportation applied for leftover federal stimulus funds to cover the cost. In February, Coweta County executed an agreement for the new vehicles.

The total cost of $79,264 was paid for with grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The stimulus funds meant that Coweta didn't have to pay the $7,926 that would have been required as the local match.

The remaining three shuttle buses, which aren't equipped with wheelchair ramps, are scheduled for replacement in 2014, Edwards said.

The Coweta County Transit System can take riders on door-to-door trips anywhere within Coweta County, or to the MARTA bus station in Palmetto. Riders must reserve their ride at least 24 hours in advance.

The cost is $3 each way, and the service operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To schedule a trip, call 770-683-RIDE (7433). For more information, visit www.coweta.ga.us and go to "transportation" under the "services" menu.



More Local

Southern Literary Trail

Plans in works at Moreland stops

Carol Chancey is hoping visitors will come to Moreland as part of a passport program promoting sites on the Southern Literary Trail. The tra ... Read More


Old Grizzard museum to become tourist stop

The old commercial building at the north end of Moreland has had many lives – as a bus station, general store and in recent years as t ... Read More


River cleanup nets 471 pounds of trash

Volunteers pulled 471 pounds of trash from the section of the Chattahoochee River that runs in front of Chattahoochee State Park last week d ... Read More


Yard sales remain big part of Labor Day weekend

There may not be a Powers’ Crossroads festival this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of shopping options. On F ... Read More


Newnan receives GFOA award 25th year in row

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Newnan its distinguished budget presentation award f ... Read More

Mom and daughter get first look at Hall of Fame

Kim Coggin of Newnan recently wrote a 250-word essay on her passion for college football and submitted it for a contest. She wrote the essay ... Read More