Center Twp. – The Beaver County Transit Authority has purchased 3 new low-floor buses to replace retired vehicles for use in their DART fleet. The advantages of the low-floor bus over the standard cutaway vehicles that they are replacing is the low-floor design that includes a wheelchair ramp in lieu of a wheelchair lift. For passengers using any type of mobility device, such as a wheelchair, walker, or child stroller, the ramp deploys quickly and simplifies boarding and exiting the bus. For ambulatory passengers, the low design of the bus floor negates the need to climb steps to board the bus.
Once on board, the section designated for passengers using mobility devices is located at the front of the bus assisting with a better quality ride and putting the rider in a better position to enter and exit the vehicle. The absence of a wheelchair lift results in a quieter ride for all passengers.
“The smaller overall size of these buses will increase the vehicles’ maneuverability on the narrower, rural roads that the DART buses travel as well as lessen our maintenance costs per mile.” said Mary Jo Morandini, General Manager of BCTA. “BCTA believes that these smaller, low-floor buses are the best solution when considering the various operational challenges of our agency.”
The DART program is Beaver County’s shared-ride, door-to-door, county-wide public transportation service providing service to residents who do not live along the fixed route system or who have a disability that prevents them from utilizing the fixed-route service. Many elderly, disabled, and human service agency clients utilize the DART service and comprise the 80,000 passenger trips provided in 2014.
For more information concerning DART, call DART Customer Service at (724) 375-2895 or visit the DART page here.