“We are really excited about the future and next year,” said Harbor Transit Director Tom Manderscheid.
The newest investments build upon the success of the Harbor Transit Operations Center’s renovation project. The agency spent $716,000 on that project, which created a new dispatch center, drivers’ lounge and energy efficiencies.
One major improvement the agency plans to make is in regards to the buses themselves. Manderscheid is shopping for four alternative fueled buses. These buses would run on propane and are expected to cost $145,000 each.
The buses will reduce emissions and also allow for cheaper fuel costs.
“We think that it is the right thing to do,” Manderscheid said. “There is a considerable savings on the propane side of things.”
Propane costs vary.
“The Public Transit Commission in Flint has gotten it for under $2 a gallon,” Manderscheid said, adding that there are also federal tax credits available.
Another thing that transit officials want to add is automated dispatching that would provide more reliable routes for drivers and better customer service for riders.
Although no price tag is currently available, Manderscheid said this program could be beneficial if it is implemented.
“We’re in the process of evaluating that tool in order to improve our efficiencies,” he said.
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