The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

New bus arrives

 

November 2, 2016

Jack H. Smith

Whitehall Public Transportation Director Paula Hippert stands in front of the new bus delivered Monday.

Whitehall Public Transportation Director Paula Hippert was busy at her desk Monday morning when she heard a loud beeping noise coming from outside the building.

Hippert received quite the surprise when she walked outside to see their new state-of-the-art Para-Transit bus had been delivered two weeks early.

"This is exciting. This is huge for Whitehall Transportation. We've been waiting for this for two years," she said.

The new 2017 Ford bus has room for 12 passengers or can fit six wheel chairs.

"It's going to help so much," she said.

Whitehall transportation had received $7,758 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for a capital assistance match that was used for the bus. The new bus has been named "Clark" in honor of Reeve. Hippert said by the time they were able to use the grant from the foundation, the price of the bus they wanted had gone up. She said they used additional funds from the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation and Jefferson County Commissioners to help purchase the bus.

"Clark" will replace their 18-year-old Ford Cutaway bus "Betty", which will now be used by Liberty Place at their Bootstrap location near Belgrade.

 

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