June 7, 2016
RIVERSIDE, CA – Complete Coach Works (CCW) has completed a contract to provide seven refurbished low floor buses to Metro Transit (Metro) in St. Louis, MO.
The buses underwent a complete refurbishment at CCW that included the power train and suspension, wheelchair fold-out ramps, and complete interior and exterior rehabilitation.
The seven buses Metro acquired will primarily function to support the St. Louis Cardinals’ Redbird Express during the Cardinals’ home games. When they are not being utilized for the games, they will be integrated into the active fleet of Metro’s East Saint Louis facility.
“This has been a joint effort to bring more value to the city of St Louis, and taxpayers more bang for their buck,” says Jay Raber, Midwest Regional Sales Manager at CCW. “We’ve worked with Metro before on various projects and have a very strong relationship with them,” Raber said.
Metro’s Chief Mechanical Officer, Darren Curry, said that the buses have been a success among riders, remarking “I knew we were successful with this project when I saw one of these seven buses sitting right next to a 2016 model bus and no one could tell that it wasn’t brand new. By the appearance, even the passengers don’t realize it’s a refurbished bus.”
In previous contracts with CCW, Metro St. Louis bought 10 buses for the St. Clair County Division and 15 refurbished articulated buses for use in St. Louis on routes with the heaviest passenger loads.
Curry concludes, “We are very happy with the product we received.”
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Complete Coach Works is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with more than 28 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of more than 350 experts committed to customer service and satisfaction.
Metro Transit St. Louis operates the region’s public transportation system, which includes the 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; the 391-vehicle MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a 120-van para-transit fleet. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development, which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Gateway Arch Riverboats and the Gateway Arch trams.