WRTA puts new larger 31-passenger buses into service: New buses feature additional safety features

The new WRTA bus fleet features larger buses and enhanced safety features. This bus was ready to accept passengers at Central Wyoming College Wednesday afternoon.

(Riverton) – There’s something new and something blue on Fremont County highways this month. The new fleet of Wind River Transportation Authority  buses is now in use, running the bus service’s daily contract and route schedules.

“These new buses are 10 percent larger than the previous ones, which were starting to wear out,” said new WRTA Manager Ben Eastmond. “The new buses hold 31 passengers and are equipped with the latest safety features. We traded in six of our old buses on these new ones.” Eastmond said the old fleet was at least 10 years old. “Tney were starting to fall apart,” he said. Four of the new buses are now in service and the remaining two will be arriving in the next week or two.

Each bus cost roughly $200,000 and was financed through grants from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Eastmond said. “We replaced most of our old full-sized fleet. We only have two of the older style buses left in inventory,” he said. Eastmond said he is looking at perhaps converting the two older buses to run on natural gas, but that decision has yet to be made.

The new buses also have a distinctive look from the front with a changeable sign on the roof informing potential riders of the eventual destination of the bus.

“We’ll be using those signs more to let people know about our destinations and routes,” Eastmond said.

The new buses are powered by Freightliner.

The WRTA Bus Lines is headquartered  just off of the Airport Road in Riverton at the top of Griffey Hill.