by News Bureau on Monday, Sep. 12, 2011
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept.12, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University is donating two shuttle busses to Joplin, Mo., to assist in their recovery efforts after the city lost its fleet in the May tornado that devastated the city.
Mike Hopen, transit operations supervisor at Southeast, said the two busses will be driven to Joplin on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and donated to the Ozark Center, a health facility that transports patients.
“They lost all of their busses due to the tornado,” Hopen said.
He said the Southeast busses are 16-passenger Chevrolet Eldorados that were scheduled to be auctioned as part of a routine replacement program. The bus transfer is being facilitated by the Missouri Department of Transportation which assists the University in purchasing shuttles through a federal-state capital program.
Via this matching program, Southeast recently purchased two new busses which will replace the two being donated to Joplin, Hopen said. The University busses are used to shuttle students between stops on campus and between the River Campus and main campus.