• Thu July 09 2009
  • Posted Jul 9, 2009
Cedar Rapids, IA Cedar Rapids Transit has purchased four new heavy-duty, low- floor transit buses that will be used on its fixed-route bus service. The 2009 model Gillig buses are the first new heavy-duty, non-experimental buses that the City has purchased in over twenty years and will replace 1978 model buses. The new buses incorporate the latest design and accessibility features to ensure better vehicle control, ride comfort and safety. The buses were made in the USA at Gillig Corporation's manufacturing facility in Hayward, California at a cost of $322,000 per bus with 83% of the cost paid by grants from the Federal Transit Administration. The new buses are scheduled to be placed into service by the end of July. In addition, bike racks have been installed on 85% of the bus fleet operated by Cedar Rapids Transit on its fixed- route bus service. The VeloPorter 2 bike racks, made in the USA by Sportsworks, accommodate two bicycles with tire widths up to three inches and wheel sizes from 16 to 19 inches. The fold-down racks are easily deployed and are clearly marked with easy to follow instructions for bicycle riders to safely load and unload their bicycles.

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