The Bus to hold meet and greet for riders Dec. 15 at Transpo Center

Merced County Transit/The Bus will host a meet and greet for riders on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Transpo Center in Merced, 710 W. 16th Street.

Riders will have an opportunity to interact with the governing board of The Bus, known as the Transit Joint Powers Authority Board. The board, which is comprised of an elected official from each of the six cities and an elected official from each of the five county districts, is charged with overall funding decisions and policies of The Bus.

Transit staff will highlight several characteristics of the newer buses, including the improved fuel economy, the first "small" (under 30 feet) heavy duty transit bus and the low floors, which have eliminated the need for steps at the front door.

For more information regarding programs available through Merced County Transit/The Bus, visit http://www.mercedthebus.com/ or call (800) 345-3111.