Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb to buy new bus

DeKALB – During its Monday meeting, the DeKalb County Board’s Health and Human Services Committee recommended buying a heavy-duty bus to be used by the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County.

Paul LaLonde, the center’s executive director, said the $331,000 purchase, which will be funded entirely with federal dollars, has been considered for years.

“Several years ago, DeKalb County received Federal Transportation Authority grant money for a new vehicle, but after getting put on the back burner, we’re finally getting our ducks in a row to purchase the vehicle,” LaLonde said. “We’re hoping it will be here by the end of summer.”

He said the bus will be used for flexible route services and routes to Kishwaukee College.

“It’s going to be helpful to have another vehicle, especially as we’re planning to expand DeKalb’s Green Line,” LaLonde said. “This bus will help supplement service and can fill in the need for transportation, such as when the Green Line bus is out of service for maintenance.”

The County Board will vote on buying the bus at its April 19 meeting.

Originally Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:59 p.m. CDT in the Daily Chronicle