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Rockford Mass Transit District gets 8 new buses

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By the end of the month, eight new buses will be on Rockford city streets.

The Rockford Mass Transit District has purchased eight new 35-foot, diesel-powered, low-floor vehicles manufactured by Gillig Corporation in Hayward, California for a total cost of $3,272,472. The buses will replace eight 2000 series New Flyer buses currently in RMTD's fleet.

The buses seat 32 passengers with room for two wheelchairs and two bicycles in the bike racks. They also have an improved voice annunciation system, are easier to maneuver, and better restraints for those using a mobility device. The voice system announces major destinations and intersections for those with visual disabilities.

According to federal guidelines, transit properties may replace their 35-foot vehicles every 12 years. RMTD gets about $1,011,203 in federal funding each year for capital purchases. Thanks to closely monitoring those funds, RMTD was able to use them for things like offsetting District maintenance expenses, expanding facilities, and replacing rolling stock or buses with no local dollars and minimal state capital.

RMTD provides over 1.7 million rides every year.

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