A year has gone by since the devastating flood swept through the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in June 2008. The city’s transit authority charges through rough times, providing new services, and gives citizens high hopes for the future.
Cedar Rapids works to provide the best transit service for their passengers during the reconstruction process. Since last year ridership has increased dramatically thanks to the Cedar Rapids City Transit Manager Brad DeBrower and his commitment to rebuild the transit system.
Not only did the efforts of DeBrower and his team rectify the service quickly, they also solicited funds from FEMA to replace several buses which were damaged in the flood. Transit Sales International partnered with the city to supply these buses.
“TSI played an important role in providing high quality replacements during our flood recovery process,” commented DeBrower. “The equipment delivery of these buses helped to restore our transit service and city public bus system for our community during the aftermath of the relief efforts.”
The eight buses, purchased and delivered in December, were 40′ heavy-duty pre-owned buses with many value added features including, brand new paint with Cedar Rapids colors, reupholstered seats, new windows, new batteries, and engine service to reduce smoke exhaust.
According to Transit Sales International, each bus in its inventory is hand-selected to ensure buses sold meet their quality control specifications, a process that is highly valued to its customers.
“Our selection process is unique,” says Richard Sullivan, VP of Sales at Transit Sales International. “It’s this process that sets us apart from our competition, and without it, the quality would vary greatly. [Customers] need to know your product quality is consistent especially when selling pre-owned.”
Further services rendered included deep stripping, resealing and polishing all floor surfaces, installing electric starters for colder weather, steam-cleaning engine and underside of the bus and undercoating for rust protection. All the buses were put through road tests to ensure a positive delivery experience.
“Getting these buses to Cedar Rapids was very important to us as a company,” said Sullivan. “We greatly value the partnership we can provide cities and transit authorities during both good and bad times.”
Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa. The City of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Transit serve a population of well over one hundred thousand residents. The fleet is comprised of 850 units maintained by 36 technicians at 2 shops.
Transit Sales International (TSI) specializes in supplying quality, pre-owned transit buses to customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and points throughout the world. Our buses are procured only from reputable U.S. sources known for their thorough, ongoing maintenance programs. Most of our inventory comes from the Western U.S. where the mild climate leaves these buses in outstanding condition and ready to be put back into service in a number of applications. TSI, family-owned and operated, has been serving the bus industry for over 50 years.