New Improvements for MATS Buses, Bus Stops


By Ellis Eskew

The Montgomery Area Transit System (MATS) is getting a new look. But what kind of improvements can riders expect with the new name and marketing campaign?

David Fead  sits at an ann street bus stop... waiting for his ride.
It's something he does everyday to get to his job.

"Basically, I think they need a bus stop with benches you can sit on and shelter to keep you out of the rain."

When asked if he had waited in the rain before, Fead replied, "Oh yes... Not very nice."

The good news is MATS General manager Kelvin Miller says they received 4 million dollars in grant money from the federal government.
He says they have bought a total of 14 buses and now changing the name to the "M" to help bring back more bus riders.

 "Everyone likes the new image, its colorful. Don't want to say hip, but 2000," said Miller.

But, as for more benches at bus stops, that is not in the plan.

"The main reason is cost. It costs us about 5 to 10 thousand dollars. It costs about 5 thousand dollars to buy a shelter and about an additional 5 thousand dollars to make site improvements," said Miller.

And Miller says even though there may not be enough for benches, more shelters could be on the way.

"We're actually in the draft stages of a new shelter redesign. We talked about it at our press conference, looking at different ways to put new shelters, using our new logo throughout the system," said Miller.

As for David Fead, it may be too little too late.

"I'll be gone by then," said Fead.

Miller says 10 new shelters should be coming within the next year.


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Monty Burck said on Wednesday, Apr 10 at 9:23 PM

I have a few ideas. Advertise a ride free day. Also have buses at the Intermodel Center not wait on other buses as the first bus will have to wait and cannot maintain their schedule. People do not like to wait for buses. Push advertisments on buses to generate more revenue.

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