Seven of DMT’s 16 buses are past their useful life, but are still being used and maintained as well as they can be, Metzinger said. DMT is receiving two Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses to use as back-ups until new buses can be procured.
“This is an interim solution …,” Metzinger said.
One new bus is about a year away from being delivered to DMT.
DMT also recently conducted a rider survey to gather demographic information about bus riders, measure their satisfaction and identify any additional needs. About 300 people completed the survey. The survey showed 89 percent of riders don’t have their own vehicle for personal use. Also, 27 percent of riders ride the bus to go to work.
“This shows DMT is essential for job access,” Metzinger said.
Also, 40 percent of riders have a disability.
He said the survey showed overall satisfaction with the drivers and the service, but there is room for improvement.
Bus drivers still are to review the survey results.