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MTA Awards $5.3 Million Contract to Apple Ford
for Purchase of 147 New Mobility Vehicles
to Better Serve Maryland’s Disabled Residents 

New Vehicles Offer Major Savings to Taxpayers, Better Fuel Economy, Lower Maintenance Costs, More Comfortable Ride

April 6, 2016

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Apple Ford for the purchase of 147 new mobility vehicles. The MTA has updated some of its fleet this year with Ford Taurus Police Interceptor cars since most of the state’s mobility customers are not wheelchair-bound, and therefore, do not require the larger mobility vehicles.
 
Each new car is equipped with a two-way radio, Ranger computer, backup camera and safety apparatus. Through the state contract, the MTA was able to purchase and receive these vehicles in four months, compared to 18 to 24 months for the larger vehicles. Purchasing the smaller vehicles allowed the MTA to get three cars for the price of one larger vehicle – a roughly $9.7 million savings to taxpayers.
 
“These new vehicles are all-wheel drive with good suspension and bigger tires offering a much more comfortable ride to our mobility customers,” said MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort. “We chose the Ford Taurus because the majority of our passengers don’t require the big wheelchair vehicles to get them where they need to go. These new cars offer a more comfortable ride, lower maintenance costs, better fuel economy and better functionality for our drivers.”
 
MTA Director of Mobility Carl W. Parr, Jr., said, “The reduced fuel consumption is expected to yield a savings of $1.5 million a year with another $1 million-a-year savings in maintenance costs. The new vehicles will be distributed to the MTA’s three mobility vendors – First Transit, MV Transportation and TransDev – with all vehicles in service within the next three to four months.”   
 
For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at mta.maryland.gov. Customers also can call MTA’s Transit Information Contact Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-539-5000 or 410-539-3497 (TTY). Please visit MTA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland. MTA reminds passengers to report unattended bags and unusual behavior to police or transit personnel. If you see something, say something. Visit securetransit.org for more information.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sandy Arnette
410-767-8367
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov
 
Paul Shepard
410-767-3935
pshepard@mta.maryland.gov
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