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Governor LePage Participates in Roll Out of Maine Military Authority Bus Overhaul
January 16, 2014
For Immediate Release: Thursday, Jan. 16
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Governor Paul R. LePage joined the Maine Military Authority (MMA) to showcase its newest bus renovation, which saved thousands of dollars and supported dozens of good-paying military jobs.
The overhaul of a 2006 Bluebird transit coach is MMA’s first “mid-life” renovation and it will soon be joining the Biddeford/Saco/OOB ZOOM Transit. A new 32-foot Mass Transit Bus comparable to this one would cost at least $260,000.00. The MMA “mid-life” overhaul on the Shuttlebus-Zoom Mass Transit Bus was accomplished for under $100,000.00 and in approximately 90 days.
Thursday’s presentation took place at the Maine Instrument Flight hangar at the Augusta Airport where the Governor delivered celebratory remarks, recognizing the entrepreneurship of the Maine Military Authority and their success in maintaining jobs while adjusting to low military budgets.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the courage and creativity of the Maine Military Authority,” said Governor LePage. “The people at MMA get the job done; they ought to be proud of their work.”
Representatives from transit agencies all over New England attended, including the new owner of the bus, Mr. Al Shutz, Executive Director of Shuttlebus-Zoom that services Biddeford, Saco & Old Orchard Beach. MMA was successful at winning the competitive bid, which consisted of executing a complete rehabilitation, and performed all work necessary to return this transit bus back to “Like New” condition.
MMA spokesman, Tim McCabe, Director of Business Development, stated, “The rehabilitation of this bus will increase its service life expectancy by an additional 4-7 years beyond it intended life of 12 years.” He went on to explain, “Our process is extremely thorough and painstaking. This bus was rehabilitated with the same dedication and workmanship as we have for all our military vehicles we have produced for our National Guard Soldiers.”