PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A new fleet of buses are rolling out on the streets of Petersburg on Tuesday.
The Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) unveiled seven new buses Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of buses in the fleet to 10. This was made possible through a partnership between the transit system and Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union (PAFCU), along with a $5,000 donation.
Each new bus will be equipped with WiFi courtesy of the Petersburg Public Library.
“Our patrons deserve the best,” said PAT Director, Charles L. Koonce, Jr. “As Petersburg Area Transit has one of the oldest fleets in the Commonwealth, replacement of these older vehicles will lower repair costs, offer fewer service interruptions and more comfortable rides for our patrons.”
Officials said 400,000 people use the bus system annually and before this, 14 buses were due for replacement which meant delays and high maintenance costs.
Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham said replacing 90 percent of the fleet in two years will drastically help riders.
“We serve the Tri-Cities area to Colonial Heights to Hopewell to Fort Lee area. So, we have a lot of people that depend on Petersburg Area Transit, and by having these new buses here it definitely cements us as the ‘ride to get to work’ or to wherever people need to go,” Mayor Parham said at the unveiling.
The new buses will be in service starting Tuesday. Fare is free due to the COVID-19 pandemic.