From left: MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane, Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Collinsville Township Supervisor Terry Allen, New Opportunities Executive Director Kim Fears, MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett and New Opportunities Past President Ed Harrick.
GRANITE CITY — To enhance transportation services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities in Madison County, the Madison County Transit board of trustees this month presented a new bus to Granite City Township and two new buses to New Opportunities Inc, a local nonprofit organization.
For the presentation at the MCT Base of Operations, MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett was joined by Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Granite City Township Supervisor Bob Shipley, New Opportunities Executive Director Kim Fears and past president Ed Harrick, along with members of the MCT board: Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer, and Collinsville Township Supervisor Terry Allen.
All three buses are lift-equipped coach-on-chassis vehicles which can accommodate 14 passengers and are outfitted with two wheelchair positions. MCT will lease the buses to these agencies in the same manner that it does other local organizations. As part of the agreement, MCT staff, who is familiar with the equipment on the vehicles, will maintain them on the weekends, so as not to interrupt weekday service for agency clients. The monthly preventative maintenance conducted by MCT will ensure the long term viability and safety of the buses.
“These agencies transport individuals to employment, shopping and vital services, complementing MCT’s fixed-route and Paratransit options,” said MCT Board Chairman Dan Corbett. “Providing these vehicles allows MCT to expand its reach, serve Madison County residents and support the local economy – it’s a win-win.”
The new bus for Granite City Township replaces a previous vehicle which had surpassed its useful life. The Township, which has two other vehicles, transports as many as 900 seniors in a month’s time. “We are very appreciative and so are the senior citizens who we serve,” said Granite City Township Supervisor Bob Shipley. “This vehicle will help us bring residents to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and a variety of other services.”
The buses for New Opportunities will be used to transport adults with disabilities to training and vocational services. New Opportunities, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization, organized in the 1970s, to provide ongoing education for adults with developmental disabilities. More than 50 individuals with disabilities from Madison and St. Clair County are served by New Opportunities, which not only provides training and employment but also volunteer opportunities.
“These buses will allow us to provide safe transportation for more people and serve individuals who we couldn’t have served before,” said Kim Fears, Executive Director of New Opportunities.” We are very grateful for these buses and are pleased to know that they will be well maintained.”
For more information about MCT’s diverse array of transportation services, visit www.mct.org, e-mail [email protected] or call 618-797-INFO (4636).