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August 12, 2019   |   HOM TV


CATA Introduces New Additions

Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing unveiled 23 brand new buses.

"It's not only customer focused, but it will help us with the environment," Funkhouser said. "It will help us with delivering better service and safety. So, we were thrilled about having these buses on the street."

These American made buses are uniquely designed to answer customer and driver requests adding and modifying the features.

"Customers asked for new features like USB ports and Wifi capabilities," said Funkhouser. "Our drivers asked for improved safety capabilities and you'll see in this bus it's almost a fishbowl like environment where the sight lines are very easily made with customers coming on the bus and exiting."

These are the first new additions the company has seen in years thanks to the state and federal governments helping fund the new buses.

"We partnered with Board of Water and Light as part of this purchase, moving from the hybrids back to diesel," Funkhouser said. "So, we were an investor in the solar farm and we have since also gone 100% renewable electricity and power with the Board of Water and Light. So, it was kind of a package deal, but we were able to get more buses by doing the clean diesel."

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