In efforts to ensure passenger safety and maximize efficiencies, County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that Putnam recently added eight new buses to its fleet, allowing older buses to retire.
“Updating our buses allows us to better serve the public,” said Odell. “Newer vehicles are less prone to breakdowns and are better to accommodate the needs of our ridership. They help us to meet our fiscal and social responsibilities to our residents.”
The new buses have led lighting, are more comfortable, less noisy and are more fuel efficient. In addition, each bus has a wheelchair lift to accommodate persons with disabilities. The new buses are also better for the environment because they replace inefficient diesel buses.
With the latest additions, the buses traversing the fixed routes are all uniform.
The older buses that will be decommissioned have over 200,000 miles on them.
The buses were deployed on every route in mid-June with a positive response from riders and drivers alike.
Photo Caption: Several of the new buses that have been added to the Putnam County fleet.