Check out one of our freshly-wrapped, new, propane-fueled buses, about to get on the road to help provide our Tele-Transit service.
The Battle Creek Transit fleet has increased by two new, propane-fueled buses, a first for the city.
The new buses will seat up to 10 passengers and will be accessible to mobility devices. They will provide service for Tele-Transit, which provides door-to-door transportation for city residents for $7 per one-way trip or $2 for seniors and those with disabilities. Evening trips, after 7 p.m., are available for $5 per one-way trip.
BC Transit has placed large, vibrant decals on the backs of the buses, promoting the eco-friendly vehicles. They’re expected to be on the road early this month.
The buses were purchased using a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, along with a 20 percent state match; there was no cost to the city. The city chose propane because of the cost savings, reduction of our environmental footprint and the fact that, also with the help of grants, our Fleet Services Division will install a propane fueling station this summer.
“We are very excited and proud that the city is deploying alternative fuel vehicles to facilitate cost savings and improve the air quality in our area,” said Transit Manager Rich Werner. “And we think they look great.”
Staff training for the new vehicles will be minimal, though they will receive some training on special maintenance for the buses and Transit utility workers will be trained on fueling procedure. Coach operators will receive training to make them familiar with the vehicles before they are put into service.
Transit has received grant approval for one more small bus that will be ordered within the next year, and also has funding approval to retro-fit other small buses for propane fuel tanks.