Scotts Bluff County Transit officials this week asked the county Board of Commissioners for approval to purchase three new vehicles for the TriCity Roadrunner fleet at a total cost of $112,000.
Transit Administrative Assistant Curt Richter says the transit service needs to replace one of the 12-passenger vans, as well as two of the smaller vans that have lift-assist. “We’re attempting to replace both of those, so we have good, dependable, reliable vehicles for transporting people around town,” said Richter, “The lower-floored minivans are a huge necessity for transporting our wheelchair clients needing to get to and from work, to medical appointments, things of that nature.”
Richter says maintenance costs on the three aging vehicles have started to become prohibitive, and one of them suffered significant damage in last week’s hail storm.
Out of the total cost, the county would pick up $11,200 of the tab with the state matching that portion, and federal transportation funding would pay for the rest. Commissioners approved the resolution to fund the purchase request.