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July 1, 1972 - The City of Decatur, Illinois commenced operation of the public transit system.

July 1, 1973 - Twelve new GMC transit coaches were placed into service.

July 1, 1978 - A subsidized taxi-cab program for transportation of individuals with disabilities unable to use fixed route bus service was implemented.

Feb. 26, 1979 - A demand-responsive wheelchair lift-equipped van was placed in service to transport individuals who use wheelchairs.

Sept.12, 1979 - Nineteen new Grumman Flxible 870 transit coaches were placed into service. Seven of the buses were equipped with wheelchair lifts.

July 1, 1980 - The construction of a new bus storage facility, with offices for operations personnel, was completed at a cost of about $505,000.

April 13, 1981 - The downtown bus transfer center was relocated from North Park and East Prairie Streets to East William Street at its intersection with North Water Street. This transfer center was used until 2002.

March 27, 1987 - Seven new Flxible Metro buses were placed into service.

Feb. 26, 1990 - Bus service was extended to Hickory Point Mall under an agree¬ment with the Village of Forsyth.

April 1, 1991 - Five ethanol powered buses were placed into service for a 6-month demonstration project.

March 1, 1994 - Twelve new TMC RTS 35’ coaches were placed into service. All 12 buses were wheelchair accessible.

Dec. 4, 1995 - A replica trolley coach was placed into service as a downtown circulator bus for the holiday season. The Downtown Decatur Council sponsored free rides on the trolley.

March 11, 1996 - The new Administrative Offices and Maintenance Garage were opened at 555 E. Wood Street. The 17,000 sq. ft. facility was completed at a cost of about $2.5 million

August 30,1999 - Two new wheelchair lift equipped vans were delivered for Operation Uplift. These vans will be used to provide door-to-door transportation for people with disabilities.

August, 2001 - Two new trolley-replica coaches were delivered for year ‘round service. These replaced the trolleys that had been leased during the Christmas season.

Sept. 4, 2001 - The consultant’s final report on the comprehensive review of the bus system routes and schedules was submitted to the City Council.

December, 2001 - Thirteen new Gillig 30’ low-floor buses were delivered. These replaced the remaining 1979 and 1987 Flexible buses. These buses have ramps to allow easy access for wheelchairs and anyone with a disability.

May 1, 2002 - The new $2.4 million Senator Severns Transit Center was opened for public use, replacing the downtown transfer point that was located along E. William Street.

May 1, 2002 - New bus service went into effect, including revised and new routes and schedules, new fares, and extended hours of operation.

April 16, 2003 - Two new wheelchair lift equipped vans were delivered for Operation Uplift, making a total of 6 vans available for daily door-to-door service for people with disabilities.

Sept. 24, 2003 - The consultant’s final report on the comprehensive review of Operation Uplift (the subsidized van and taxi program for the disabled) was delivered. Only small operational changes were recommended.

April 24, 2008 - Two new wheelchair lift equipped vans were delivered for Operation Uplift. These vans will replace the two 1993 vans that are still in service, keeping a total of 6 vans available for daily door-to-door service for people with disabilities.

Sept. 3, 2008 - Five new Gillig 30’ low-floor buses were ordered. When delivered in August, 2009, these buses will replace half of the 1993 TMC RTS buses that are still in service.