Vacaville city council plans new vans for City Coach services – The Vacaville Reporter

Ten new vans could replace six paratransit vans as part of City Coach’s services for elderly and disabled passengers. That’s if Vacaville city council approves a resolution authorizing the purchase of these vans – plus four new ones to meet growing passenger demand in the City Coach Direct system – at Tuesday’s meeting.

According to a report from the staff of Public Works Director Girum Awoke, City Coach – the city’s public transportation service – offers an adapted transportation program for the elderly and disabled passengers, known as “special services.” . This program includes buses with elevators to allow passengers to enter and exit the bus safely. These paratransit buses, he writes, typically last seven years and the city has six – three from 2008 and three from 2014.

All of these buses, Awoke wrote, “are experiencing increased downtime and maintenance costs,” forcing them to be replaced.

Another service offered is City Coach Direct, an on-demand transportation program that Awoke compared to Uber. People who call the City Coach’s Dispatch line to schedule a pickup time within city limits or at Fairfield-Vacaville Hannigan Station, where a van will pick them up and take them to their desired destination.

Awoke wrote that this service has seen strong growth, currently receiving up to 2,000 trips per month.

“The demand for City Coach Direct has exceeded the expectations and capacity of the four existing vans used for the service; additional City Coach Direct service vans would allow the program to continue to grow and provide better service to the citizens of Vacaville, ”he wrote.

The city is looking to buy 10 Ford Transit buses: six for special services and four for City Coach Direct. Staff identified a possible cooperative purchasing agreement between the state and the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT), which Awoke said could save the city money.

“This method of supply will not only dramatically reduce the time it takes to acquire the buses, but it will also provide the greatest savings in the purchase of six replacement paratransit vans as well as four City Coach Direct vans,” a he wrote.

Awoke wrote that the Ford Transit was chosen because of its accessibility, unit purchase cost, and features such as the rear lift with several wheelchair safety devices, a rear view camera, and a parking system. security camera.

“When reviewing the Ford Transit van, it was determined that this same vehicle, with a slight change in the seating plan, would also meet all the needs of a City Coach Direct van,” he said. he writes.

The total cost of CalACT would be $ 893,717. The city is also requesting that $ 106,283 be set aside for potential vehicle modernization needs to prepare vehicles for operational service. This request would bring the total allocation to even $ 1 million.

In other cases, the council will consider a resolution ratifying an order from the director of emergency services, Aaron Busch, ordering the use of face coverings at city facilities and while participating in sponsored outdoor programs. by the city in situations where social distancing is not possible.

The council will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for its regular public session. The Zoom link is Cov.zoom.us/s/98956232808?pwd=K3RQcm82TURNN3F0LzV5bmE5RGFuQT09, and the password for new users is 639925. Participants can also join by phone by dialing 267-831-0333 or 301- 715-8592 or toll-free at 877-853-5257 or 888-475-4499. Participants can dial * 67 before the number if they want their number not to appear on the screen.

The meeting can also be viewed on Channel 26 or online at Youtube.com/user/CityofVacaville/videos.

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