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MTA unveils new vehicles to serve disabled riders

Monday - 4/1/2013, 11:09am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Maryland Transit Administration is unveiling its new fleet of mobility vehicles to serve riders with disabilities.

The transit agency is replacing its fleet of sedans and cut-away buses with new vehicles designed specifically for people in wheelchairs. They are called MV-1s.

The first 10 MV-1 vehicles are now in service, and 30 more will be put into service over the next two months under a $2 million contract. The new vehicles are expected to get better gas mileage and save the MTA about $75,000 a month, or $900,000 a year once most of the fleet is converted.

The agency's long-term goal is to replace all 120 sedans and have MV-1s represent 70 percent of its fleet by 2017.

MV-1s are manufactured in Indiana.


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