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NEW ULM — The city’s new fixed-route bus service is expected to go into service before Labor Day.

The Transportation Advisory Committee met on Thursday. Committee member Pat LaCourse said it was possible to start the course around the end of August. A used bus was obtained from Trailblazer Transit.

In addition to securing the bus, the committee is working to find technology for the interior of the bus. A camera system must be installed. Heartland Express has a used camera system.

Committee member Nate Moldan said he was looking for someone to install the equipment. A video monitor is also needed to display a drop-down list of stops for users.

The committee discussed options for identifying the bus. It was determined that the bus would be called New Ulm City Route Bus for now.

LaCourse reminded the committee that this first bus was only temporary and not to spend a lot of money on a vehicle that will be replaced in six months.

The committee also reviews tenders for consulting services for the marketing of the new bus service. The two services that submitted proposals were Vantage Point and Jill Brown.

No official decision has been made for marketing. Based on the information provided, the committee could not determine which proposal best met the needs of the community.

The committee had questions about the timing of the commercialization of the two proposals. Approval of the submission was on hold until the two consulting groups could present the proposals.

The new fixed-route bus service will operate on a fixed schedule with stops at major destinations along a set route in New Ulm. The program has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Melvin Z. Madore