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DTA Purchases Three NEW STRIDE Vehicles

Published: Expires: 9/2/2013

The DTA’s NEW MV1 STRIDE vehicles are efficient, safe and innovative.

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (August 2, 2013) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) has purchased three NEW vehicles for its STRIDE service. The MV-1 is American made and features a unique riding experience for passengers with disabilities. The gas-fueled vehicle has a higher MPG than any other vehicle in the DTA’s fleet.

It was created by the company Vehicle Production Group, Inc. (VPG) with the sole purpose of supporting the mobility community and was designed from the ground up based on input received from mobility device users and service providers.

Ford Component Sales partnered with VPG by providing the MV-1 with the Ford 4.6L 2V EFI V8 engine and the Ford 4R75E Electronic 4-Speed Automatic transmission with Overdrive. This combination means that the MV-1 will harness the power of a truck, but drive and ride like a car. The MV-1 is assembled at the AM General assembly facility in Mishawaka, Indiana. AM  General is a world-leader in the design, engineering and production of military and special purpose vehicles.

Wheelchairs can be secured in a front-seat position, giving passengers the opportunity to see the entire road much like sitting in a regular SUV or van, or there is the option of fastening a wheelchair in the mid-section of the vehicle. A bench seat in the far back of the MV-1 offers seating for caregivers and other passengers. This fuel efficient vehicle will add to the DTA’s reputation of providing convenient, safe and affordable transportation to those that qualify for STRIDE service.

The new MV-1 STRIDE vehicles were placed into service on July 22, 2013.

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