Thursday, 11 February 2010 20:17
HUGO — Three dozen white vans parked along East Jackson Street in Hugo have been a subject of curiosity for passing motorists for several weeks now. But it’s not a new car lot.
The vans are part of Little Dixie Transit’s effort to modernize its fleet of vehicles. Using $1.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) “stimulus” funds, Little Dixie purchased 34 Dodge Caravan/Braun conversion mini-vans and four 24-foot, 15-passenger center-aisle buses.
“All of these units will replace 38 vehicles currently in the fleet,” said Transit Director Jeannie McMillin. “The units being replaced have mileages in excess of 150,000 which is the useful life of a vehicle utilized in public transit.”
Little Dixie Transit received $1,467,587 in ARRA funds. The vans and buses are being prepared for use throughout Little Dixie’s service area, and will soon be seen providing passenger service in six communities in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties.
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