“We’ve been selected,” Harbor Transit Director Tom Manderscheid said. “That is the biggest hoop to jump through.”
Manderscheid said the Federal Transportation Administration has offered $482,240 to help update Harbor Transit's fleet of 18 buses and two trolleys.
The Grand Haven service is one of 255 agencies across the country that received funding, out of 836 applicants, totaling more than $4 billion in requests.
“We feel really fortunate and pleased to be selected,” Manderscheid said. “I believe senators Stabenow and Levin, and Rep. Huizenga had something to do with that.”
With the funding, Harbor Transit will replace four of its aging 26-foot diesel buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives with new 26-foot, low-floor buses. Manderscheid said the buses set to be replaced were purchased in 2002 and are designed to last only seven years.
“In a lot of ways, we’ve extended the useful life 42 percent longer than is normal,” he said.
Once new buses are purchased, the old ones will be sold. The new buses will ensure continued transit operations and lower maintenance costs, Manderscheid noted.
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