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New-style buses headed to MTU, while old buses get pandemic makeover

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New city buses are on the way to the streets of La Crosse. 

Next week, the city council will be asked to buy two hybrid buses for the MTU, that can operate with gas or electric fuel. 

Transit director Adam Lorentz says the transition away from fossil-fueled buses is progressing, as he expects the MTU to get 10 new buses over the next 18 months.     

The city council finance committee voted on Thursday to buy the hybrids, and to authorize new equipment to keep bus drivers and passengers safe from the coronavirus. 

The equipment would include barriers, hands-free ticketing systems, and air filtration devices. 

The MTU has experienced large declines in ridership and revenue since the COVID outbreak began.  

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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  1. Ron Russo

    January 17, 2021 at 6:40 am

    So in order to fight declining sales, the MTU is going to buy 2 new busses and installing protective equipment for existing busses that will be totally irrelevant in a few months? Awesome! Way to continue La Crosse’s tradition of pissing away money on the unnecessary. 👏👏👏

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