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Transit to beef up fleet by 10 minibuses

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Over a million dollars in federal funds will go towards the purchase of 10 minibuses to help the Guam Regional Transit Authority's depleted fleet.

Interim Executive Manager for GRTA, Cel Babauta said enhancing their fleet of vans and buses is vital so they can meet the needs of its riders and para-transit services.  
 
"It's a mandate that's required by federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act," he said.

An emergency procurement will be issued for ten minibuses, he said. Currently GRTA has a dozen vans and 11 minibuses. He said a lack of maintenance from the get-go is to blame for its shrinking fleet.  
   
"Most of these buses and minivans are in repair status," he said. "As a matter of fact, we have five minibuses and five vans that are currently operational."


Maintenance has always been a big challenge for the agency because a contract to effectively help with the upkeep of its fleet had not been secured until September of last year.

"So from September until now our contractor, AK, has been working diligently to make sure the parts are procured and their maintainers are able to maintain effectively the buses and vans," he said.

Babauta remains optimistic and says he and his team are working hard to get its services full speed ahead. Right now legislation is being drafted by Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje for the building of a maintenance facility to include securing land from the Government of Guam for it.

"From there we have a million dollars set aside with federal funds so we can make sure right at the begining when we get the new fleet of minibuses, we will have place for our fleet to be maintained," he said.

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