Replacement transit buses finally arrive

by Sarah Fay Campbell

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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.



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