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OnPoint on WACH Fox: Multi-million dollar upgrades to Midlands transit

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - On this week's edition of OnPoint on WACH Fox we look at Central Midlands Transit and the multi-million dollar upgrades coming to its bus fleet.

More people are looking favorably at bus transit as a transportation option.

A ?eet of 31 new, high-tech buses are slowly being rolled out in the capital city’s most-used bus routes. The $16 million ?eet is replacing buses that date to 2002.

Some of the key features found on the new buses include:

- An automated voice system that announces each stop

- Charging ports so riders can plug in their phones if batteries are wearing down

- Free WiFi

- Apps that let smartphone users track the location of buses and whether they are on time as well as to pay with their phones

Now comes word that Central Midlands Transit will offer free rides to and from many Columbia hot spots. It's clear that Central Midlands Transit is changing it up, doing things differently-all to get you and me out of our cozy cars, into their buses to travel more ef?ciently.

We will also look at the legacy of Midlands native, John Blackwell. The talented drummer passed away earlier this month after a battle with brain cancer. He was just 43-years-old. Blackwell grew up in Columbia and went on to play with some of the music industry's greatest and biggest stars.

Most notably, he spent 10 years touring with the late Prince.

We have invited some of his friends and mentors to OnPoint to look at the mark the great John Blackwell made on the music world.

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