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January 29, 2008

Terre Haute to get new bus to service Seventh Street route

TERRE HAUTE — City officials seek to replace a bus with a larger one to handle the increasing number of riders on a southern route.

Board of Public Works and Safety members on Monday approved specifications of a bid for a larger bus than the city’s normal fleet. The route runs along South Seventh Street, transportation director Brad Miller said.

“Now if there are times that we can ascertain where that route isn’t as busy, then we’ll do what we do with all buses, which is rotate them through the system,” Miller said. “But we expect that” the South Seventh Street route “will probably be the route that [the bigger bus] will be assigned to.”

The popular route includes stops along shopping areas such as Honey Creek Mall, Miller said. It’s always been one of the busier routes, and the evening route has increased ridership, he said.

Evening routes run from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The increase has occurred after the evening routes, the Indiana State University campus route and Saturday service have been added in recent years, Miller said.

Buses typically can seat about 15 passengers, and about six more people usually can comfortably stand in the current buses. A larger bus could sit 10 more, said Miller, who did not know how many more people would be able to stand in the new bus.

A city bus typically costs about $68,000. He declined to estimate what a larger bus would cost.

The city will now solicit bids from interested parties for the buses, then review the bids before accepting one.

“Well, we would hope to have it here within four months,” Miller said of the bus, “but I’ve waited to up to over a year for these things.”

Austin Arceo can be reached at (812) 231-4214 or austin.arceo@tribstar.com.

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