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Coast RTA to purchase new bus fleet

This current Dallas bus is the model Coast RTA would be purchasing. | Coast RTA This current Dallas bus is the model Coast RTA would be purchasing. | Coast RTA
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - During a special called meeting Friday, Coast RTA Board of Directors unanimously approved the purchase of up to 10 buses from the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. 

General Manager Brian Piascik will use a two-tiered timeline to purchase the buses with the initial 4-5 expected to be in service along the Grand Strand by mid-July, according to the public transportation system.

“I've ridden these buses. I know exactly what we're getting here and I'm not worried at all,” Piascik told the Board of Directors regarding the purchase of the DART buses.

Piascik stated benefits of the selected buses include their being used in the drier southwest climate, which better preserves the chassis/floor of the buses; and, that a large number of miles on the buses are highway miles, which are better for the buses than city stop/start mileage.

Coast RTA has identified 16 buses in its fleet for its disposal list that range in age from 1998-2011. Varying mechanical issues have caused these buses to be placed on this list.

In reviewing the DART buses, the 2003 NABI buses average 329,000 miles; however, they all have received mid-life engine overhauls, which average less than 85,000 miles. The purchase price for the initial 4-5 buses and a new set of commercial Goodyear tires for each is estimated at $44,610. 

In addition, should parts be needed, Coast RTA and DART have negotiated a $100,000 credit on spare parts for the 10 buses. Piascik has assigned $15,000 for used parts in the initial purchase.

The remaining balance of the $77,659.87 will be allocated to travel of the five staff members to pick up the buses, fuel for cross-country travel, title transfer/registration fees and new paint of the buses once on-site.

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