MTA keeps Macon moving with new buses cruising the streets
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon Transit Authority is rolling out some new rides. Starting Wednesday, seven new buses will cruise the streets of Macon.
“Maybe we can get from point A to point B without [the bus] breaking down. We have had a lot of trouble with the buses,” MTA passenger Alicia Bell said.
Bell rides the bus every day.
“The biggest complaint that we have is air conditioning, of course in the summer, breaking down,” MTA CEO and President Craig Ross said.
Now, her ride around Macon is getting smoother.
“We can now truthfully say we can get our passengers to where they want to go, without having to worry about a break down,” Ross said.
As Macon Transit Authority continues to keep the city moving, they’re out with the old (what passengers described as) unreliable buses, and in with seven new Flyer buses.
“The ones that actually take the bus and have to wait for the bus, it’s going to make a lot of difference to all of us,” Bell said.
The new wheels cost over $400,000. Grants helped foot 80-percent of the bill for the new buses. The other 20-percent totals to $40,000 and is split between the state and MTA.
“That’s less than a new SUV, a new German car, so basically the only thing we can’t do with these is put them in our driveway,” Ross said.
These new buses can run over 600,000 miles, versus the old buses that can run up to 150,000 miles.
“They have a computer chip in it that let’s us know before the mechanic, or the driver, knows that something is about to fail,” Ross said.
By January 2019, customers will also be able to track their bus with the new app, “Route Shout.” By the end of this year, customers can trade their paper MTA cards for plastic reusable bus cards.