The City of Marion Transportation Department is putting 4 more brand new buses in operation this week. The 2019 buses have top-of-the-line safety features including a rearview mirror which doubles as a video camera when backing up, heated steps to melt the ice on frigid days, and a system which alerts drivers if the emergency exit is opened, to name a few. The new buses also cater to drivers’ comfort with push-button automatic doors and contoured seats.
Marion Transit drivers expressed gratitude to have the new buses with new features. ADA Paratransit Service Driver Lisa McClung stated, “I’ve been driving with the City for 13 years. Before, I drove a school bus for 6 years which didn’t even have air-conditioning.” McClung said she looks forward to driving her new bus with the new features. “The automatic button to open the doors in nice on your shoulders as opposed to pulling a lever repetitively. It’s also nice to have cameras installed on all the buses for us and our passengers’ safety.”