MARQUETTE, me. (WLUC) – The grant is to install one Quantum Automated wheelchair security System in transit agency buses. The system developed by Q’Straint enables passengers to secure their wheelchairs without the assistance of the bus driver.
The money comes from a $ 600,000 grant MDOT received from the Federal Transit Administration to distribute to five transit agencies in Michigan.
Although the exact amount of money Marq-Tran will receive is unknown, MDOT communications officer Daniel Weingarten believes that installing the new system on two buses will be enough.
“The way it works is basically that a passenger pulls his wheelchair or scooter against the backrest and activates this automatic locking system,” explains Weingarten. “These arms come up and ensure the safety of the wheelchair. When the vehicle reaches the destination, the driver can release the passenger using the controls on the dashboard. “
The five agencies that will receive a portion of the grant are: St. Claire County’s Blue Water Area Transportation Commission, Saginaw Transit Authority, Jackson Area Transpiration Authority, Marq-tran, and Western Washtenaw Area Value Express.
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