From left, Granite City Mayor Mike Parkinson, Alderman Mary Davis, Beth Shipley, Deidre Cave, Meghan Daily, Supervisor Margaret Shipley, MCT Board Chairman Ron Jedda, MCT Board Members: Al Adomite, Kelly Schmidt, Andy Economy and Chris Guy.
The Madison County Transit Board of Trustees presented Granite City Township with the keys to two 14-passenger buses to assist with the transportation of senior citizens and disabled passengers in the community.
This replaces two of Granite City Township’s older buses that MCT determined required safety upgrades.
The two coach-on-chassis buses are equipped with a heavy-duty wheelchair lift and can transport two wheelchairs at a time. The interior consists of vinyl seats and flooring, and contains new technology including an automated fire suppression system. Through a vehicle lease and maintenance agreement, the vehicles are leased to Granite City Township by MCT for $1 per year. MCT also provides vehicle maintenance, and up to $5,000 annually in fuel and oil costs.
MCT has similar lease agreements with Bethalto Senior Citizens (Fort Russell Township), Collinsville Senior Citizens (City of Collinsville), Granite City Township, Granite City New Opportunities, and the City of Highland. MCT has vehicle maintenance agreements with the Main Street Community Center (Edwardsville), and the Village of Glen Carbon.