Mayor Unveils New TARC3 Vans
Tuesday March 4, 2008
Vehicles Used To Transport Disabled Residents
Mayor Jerry Abramson today christened 11 new mini-vans to transport people with disabilities. The vans will give TARC3 paratransit customers a comfortable and safe option in their travel, and give TARC more flexibility in responding to customer needs.
“These new mini-vans are fuel efficient, easier to handle in traffic and are fully loaded with leather seats and the latest in navigational technology,” Abramson said.
Barry Barker, executive director of TARC, said the buses cost $35,000 each and were purchased with federal funds. They will be operated by MV Transportation, which is under contract with TARC to provide its paratransit service.
“They will increase our ability to provide service to people with disabilities,” Barker, said. “They are more maneuverable in residential settings, easier to get in and out of and very comfortable. We are pleased to be able to provide this upgrade in our service.”
The vans, modified Chevrolet Uplanders, have ramps at the sidedoors and places to secure wheelchairs.
They will accommodate six ambulatory passengers, or three ambulatory passengers and one wheelchair.
They will get better fuel mileage —nearly double the fuel economy of the larger TARC3 vans — and cost less to maintain than the larger TARC 3 vans, Barker said. The new minivans have many safety features, including antilock braking, traction control and dual-stage frontal air bags.
For more information about TARC3 service, call 213-3217 or visit the TARC website at www.ridetarc.org.