News Release


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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2000


County Executive Announces $2 Million Worth of New County Buses Now in Service
Graphic Art Design Introduced on Buses Wins National Award

County Executive William R. Steinhaus announces the addition of fourteen new buses to the Dutchess County LOOP System. The County Executive first announced this year's fleet upgrade in his January 2000 State of the County Address.

"This bus fleet upgrade is a reflection of our continuing commitment to provide a modem and efficient service to county residents and businesses," said Mr. Steinhaus.

Two types of buses are being added to the fleet. Five larger (40') vehicles will replace coaches which have been in service since 1983. Each of these buses seat 44 passengers. Nine 25' buses with 26 seats each are replacing the extended vans which are beyond their useful life. All the vehicles are accessible to wheelchairs.

The buses cost a total of $2,139,861 and were 90% funded by federal and state programs with a 10% local match for Dutchess County.

The buses display the award winning design and color scheme for the County bus fleet. "The bus designs reflect the heritage of our County, the quality of our communities; and also advertises our pride in what our community has to offer," noted County Executive Steinhaus. The design for the County buses was judged Excellent in the Year 2000 Awards of Excellence Program of the National Association of County information Officers (an affiliate of the National Association of Counties).

The LOOP bus system caries more than 800,000 passengers annually. The new buses began service on Tuesday for runs to the Dutchess County Fair. For information on LOOP bus service, please call 485-4690 or visit the County website at


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