Sun Metro replaces older buses with 22 new state of the art buses
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Sun Metro rolled out 22 new buses equipped with the latest transportation technology. The 40-foot buses have a wider front door and ramp, and are also closer to the ground, which makes it easier for people to board.
The new buses can seat 38 people, eight more than the older buses, and can fit 57 with some standing.
There are also new features for people in wheelchairs.
"If you are an individual in a wheelchair, you have to options for seating. You can either sit the traditional way, which is forward-facing, or you can sit facing the back of the bus, which is a faster option when you board the bus," said Laura Cruz-Acosta, Sun Metro Public Affairs Coordinator.
The new buses are also lighter, which will help conserve fuel.
The new buses will replace the older 1991 models that have more than one million miles. The older models will be retired.
Each of the new buses cost about $525,000 and were funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant and local funds.