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New UW Buses on Display Tuesday


October 10, 2011 — The University of Wyoming's new buses will be formally unveiled at 11 a.m. Tuesday during a special ceremony at the South Express Lot at 15th Street and Spring Creek Drive.

UW and Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) officials will speak about the importance of the six new buses, which were purchased through a $1.55 million Federal Transit Administration stimulus grant distributed through WYDOT. They replace older buses that UW had rented to shuttle students, faculty and staff around campus and the community.

The event will also include tours of the buses and free giveaways.

"We are excited and proud to be showcasing our brand-new buses that will be running on the campus shuttle routes," says Paul Kunkel, manager of UW Transit and Parking Services. "This is a great opportunity to get a good look at the buses and learn how they will benefit our transit system."

The university's six new buses, which include a low-floor design to improve loading times and aid entry, and a "clean diesel" design that eliminates most nitrogen oxide emissions, feature custom brown and gold graphics to distinguish them in the community.

The UW transit system, which has been in operation since 2002, has a fleet of 19 buses and transports approximately 620,000 riders annually. To learn more, go to www.uwyo.edu/roundup.

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