West Alabama Public Transportation receives new van

Published 4:38 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

West Alabama Public Transportation (WAPT) has a new passenger van in service in Demopolis. The purchase came as a result of a partnership between WAPT and The City of Demopolis.

Project Manager Thomas Moore and WAPT Executive Director Bobby Armstead presented the van to Mayor Woody Collins on Nov. 27 at City Hall. 

According to Armstead, Alabama does not put funding aside for public transportation, and the only funds available are federal dollars. WAPT relies on entities like The City of Demopolis and other organizations to match whatever Federal funds are available.

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“They require you to match twenty percent of the total cost,” Armstead said.“A vehicle like that costs about $87,000. Twenty percent of that is $17,500 and the city did that, and we will now have this vehicle stationed here in Demopolis.”

Armstead said the new van has a lift for passengers in wheelchairs, and any equipment necessary for its occupants.

Moore said it has taken at least three years to secure the new vehicle for Demopolis.

“I’m glad we were able to do it,” Moore said“Whatever we can do for this area, we are proud of it. We’re glad to be of service.” 

Collins congratulated Armstead and Thomas on receiving the new vehicle, and stressed how valuable of a resource it will be for Demopolis.

“I just want to congratulate everyone for this. This actually happened before I became mayor. It was funded through the previous Council, so I give them all the credit,” Collins said. “I’m just tickled to death to see this finally come about. West Alabama Public Transportation serves a vital role in this community. And I’m thrilled that the city was able to assist them back then, and that they’ve finally gotten the van.”

Marengo, Dallas, Sumter, Perry, Hale, Choctaw, Greene, and Bibb counties are all served by WAPT.