GRANITE CITY — To enhance transportation services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, the Madison County Transit Board of Trustees presented a new bus to Granite City Township on Tuesday and two new buses to local nonprofit organization New Opportunities Inc.
For the presentation at the MCT Base of Operations, MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett was joined by Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Granite City Township Supervisor Bob Shipley, New Opportunities Executive Director Kim Fears and past president Ed Harrick, along with members of the MCT Board of Trustees: Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer and Collinsville Township Supervisor Terry Allen.
All three buses are lift-equipped coach-on-chassis vehicles that can accommodate 14 passengers and are outfitted with two wheelchair positions. MCT will lease the buses to the agencies the same way it does other local organizations. As part of the agreement, MCT staff members who are familiar with the vehicles’ equipment will maintain them on the weekends, so as not to interrupt weekday service for agency clients. The monthly preventative maintenance will ensure the buses’ long-term viability and safety.
“These agencies transport individuals to employment, shopping and vital services, complementing MCT’s fixed-route and Paratransit options,” MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett said. “Providing these vehicles allows MCT to expand its reach, serve Madison County residents and support the local economy — it’s a win-win.”
The new bus for Granite City Township replaces a vehicle that had surpassed its useful life. The township, which has two other vehicles, transports as many as 900 seniors in a month’s time.
“We are very appreciative and so are the senior citizens who we serve,” Granite City Township Supervisor Bob Shipley said. “This vehicle will help us bring residents to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores and a variety of other services.”
The buses for New Opportunities will transport adults with disabilities to training and vocational services. New Opportunities is a nonprofit organization organized in the 1970s to provide ongoing education for adults with developmental disabilities. More than 50 individuals with disabilities from Madison and St. Clair counties are served by New Opportunities, which not only provides training and employment but also volunteer opportunities.
“These buses will allow us to provide safe transportation for more people and serve individuals who we couldn’t have served before,” New Opportunities Executive Director Kim Fears said. “We are very grateful for these buses and are pleased to know that they will be well-maintained.”
For more information about MCT’s transportation services, visit mct.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 797-INFO (4636).