Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and FACT are partners in an initiative to donate 10 small buses to nonprofit agencies. MTS, the owner of the small buses, worked with FACT to find eligible recipients. The buses were formerly operated and maintained by MTS Access, the transportation service for persons with disabilities who are unable to use regular transit without assistance.
All buses are 2006 El Dorado National Type Bs, gasoline powered and run on the Ford E450 chassis. They seat up to 16 passengers and accommodate up to 4 passengers in wheelchairs. FACT accepted applications for the available vehicles and made selections with the help of a review committee. The review process prioritized agencies that committed to providing the most trips to current and potential MTS Access riders. Recipients were also assessed on their ability to operate and maintain the vehicles safely.
The FACT Board of Directors approved the Review Committee’s (Brain Lane, Lisa Madsen, and Floyd Willis) recommendations. The recipients include: City Link Foundation, Home of Guiding Hands, Renewing Life, and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.