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Medina County Public Transit plans upgrades

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    A Medina County Public Transit bus.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE FILE

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MEDINA — The director of Medina County Public Transit plans to purchase buses as well as radio upgrades with a Federal Transit Administration grant the department received this year.

MCPT Director Mike Salamone told county commissioners Tuesday the $1,297,503 grant will be put toward four projects.

“The one project,” he said, “is we’re going to be purchasing four to five vehicles depending on how much they cost.”

The vehicles — 24-foot buses — can cost about $80,000 each, Salamone said.

Funds also will be put toward preventive bus maintenance and operating expenses.

The department also will purchase new radios for each of the buses so drivers can keep in contact with each other and with people in the office.

For the next grant period, Salamone plans to apply for funding to buy cameras for each of the new buses.

Each bus would receive four cameras. One would face the main entrance and another the handicapped entrance. The others would cover the front and rear of the bus.

The purpose of the cameras would be to monitor any accidents as well as incidents on the bus between passengers or drivers and passengers, the director said.

Salamone, who didn’t have a cost estimate for the cameras Tuesday, said he will apply for funding in the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

For more information on MCPT, visit http://www.medinaco.org/transit.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.



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