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Manteca buying 5 buses with stimulus funds
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Federal stimulus funds are allowing Manteca to buy its own transit system buses.

The City Council tonight is expected to approve the purchase of four 26-foot buses and one 22-foot bus for the Manteca Transit service from A-Z Bus Sales at a cost not to exceed $660,000. Currently, the city contracts with MV Transportation that provides 67 percent of the Manteca transit system buses. The council approved a plan in March 2009 to transition to city-owned vehicles to reduce ongoing costs with the contractor.

The buses have low floors that are designed for easy access using a ramp to avoid the need for a wheelchair lift. The four larger buses will seat up to 21 passengers without wheelchairs and 17 passengers with two wheelchairs. The smaller bus will seat up to 12 passengers with two wheelchairs or up to four passengers with four wheelchairs.

The council tonight is also expected to authorize spending $75,000 of its share of state transit funds to have the San Joaquin Area Council of Governments do the designing and engineering needed to upgrade bus stops to American Disabilities Act standards plus add shelters, benches, and trash receptacles. It also includes a bus pullout at the Spreckels Avenue location adjacent to Target.

Manteca may build as many as 15 bus shelters complete with benches, trash receptacles, and improved signage using $1,353,798 in federal stimulus funds.

The council meets at 7 p.m., tonight at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.