$1.8 million to Improve Handicap Accessibility

An amount of $1.8 Million will help people with disabilities to easily get around Butte and provide more reliable bus transportation for the community.

Five new Butte Silver Bow transit buses are coming in the area. The new rigs have a new style loading ramp for people with disabilities. Gary Keeler, Butte Silver Bow Transit Manager, said that the most important thing is that the accessibility for people with disability has been improved as it was time-consuming and arduous to load people with wheel chairs on their existing buses.

The new buses will be much easier and safer. The most significant change with the new buses is the handicap lift which folds out.

“They kneel and they have the ramp. It makes for easier loading. Most of the busses are going to the low floor ramp versus a lift,” says Keeler.