MTA Adds Roush Autogas Vehicles to Serve ‘Food Deserts’
The Mass Transportation Authority in Flint, Mich. said today that on Monday it will deploy nine additional propane autogas-fueled vans for its “Ride to Groceries” service in Genesee County, north of Detroit.
The Ford E450-chassis vehicles with dedicated-propane autogas fuel systems by Roush CleanTech can accommodate ten to 12 passengers with special racks for grocery purchases. They will provide transport in what MTA describes as “food deserts” – areas where grocery stores have closed.
The new Ride to Groceries vans will be distinguished by special wraps purchased by HAP, Michigan’s Health Alliance Plan.
‘People Feel Isolated’
“Many people feel isolated and we believe this expanded service will have a powerful impact on the community,” MTA general manager and CEO Ed Benning said in a release.
Benning said too that the latest deployment represents a different approach to the current Ride to Groceries service “The difference,” he said, “is that the vehicle will come to your home. Statistics show that over 4,000 people in the city of Flint are isolated in their homes.
“These people need access to groceries and healthcare and MTA is working to address this issue.”
MTA’s Ride to Groceries service will operate seven days a week. The cost will be $3.50 each way or $2.25 for seniors and persons with disabilities. Scheduling will be done through MTA’s Your Ride service.
The expanded service will cover the towns of Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint East, Flint West, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Mt. Morris, Otisville and Swartz Creek.
“Offering this type of service to our passengers is MTA’s future,” Benning said.
In addition to propane autogas, Flint MTA has experience with a wide variety of alternative fuel vehicles (F&F, August 17, 2015).
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Source: Flint MTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up