PHOTOS: City Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Shiny New Shuttle Bus
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
The City of Burien held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a shiny new 2011 14-passenger Ford Starcraft shuttle bus Thursday morning (April 14) in the parking lot of the Community Center.
This brand new bus, which cost $51,131, is meant for Burien’s senior and youth programs. The city council allocated $53,000, and funding came out of this year’s budget.
This bus will replace part of the city’s previous fleet, which consisted mostly of ‘hand-me-down’ vans gifted to Burien by the King County Council.
“It’s nice to have a shiny new bus,” said Michael Lafreniere, Burien Parks Department Director. “It has not been uncommon in recent years to have these older ‘hand-me-down’ vehicles break down while out on a trip, resulting in us having to send rescue vehicles out to go collect the seniors or teens wherever they happened to be. This new bus is replacing the worst of the three vans we had, the transmission of which finally died late last year.”
Along with Lafreniere, on hand for the ribbon cutting were Burien City Councilmembers Rose Clark and Gerald Robison (who wielded the giant scissors), along with City Manager Mike Martin and several seniors anxious for a day trip on the new ride.
“While our previous vans are appreciated, they have had their challenges with accessibility and longevity,” added Kristy Dunn, Recreation Supervisor. “This is the first time we have been able to purchase anything new – it’s very exciting.”
Today’s inaugural passengers were headed to Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls for brunch, then onto the North Bend Outlet mall for some shopping. This new bus has a very large storage area in the back, which should accommodate their packages quite well.
Here are some photos from the event: