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MTU buses could get new safety equipment soon

Brad Williams

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Many types of mass transportation in America have taken a big hit from COVID-19 this year, with large numbers of travelers avoiding rides in confined spaces on planes, trains, and buses. 

The La Crosse MTU hopes to fix that, by installing new safety equipment on city buses. 

Transit manager Adam Lorentz says government emergency funding also will help make up for losses from a shortage of riders, noting that the bus system is down to about 60 to 75 per cent of normal ridership this year.    

MTU went for much of the year letting people ride for free. 

Air filtration and barriers will be installed in local buses, and funded by Washington, if the city council approves the plan in January.

The MTU normally carries about 1 million passengers a year on its routes, which include La Crosse, Onalaska, and La Crescent.

    

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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