Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Transit staff readies for new bus barn


February 12, 2020

Mark Hebert

Phillips Transit Authority (PTA) drivers Candee Soennichsen and Scott Moran (left) and Wade Halser and Bill Prior (right) bookend PTA Coordinator Betty Hasler last week in Malta.

Mornings for the bus drivers for the Phillips Transit Authority (PTA) are going to look a lot different next winter...and feel warmer, for a little while at least, too.

A typical morning for any one (or all) of the PTA bus drivers on a dark February morning - be it Candee Soennichsen, Scott Moran, Wade Hasler, or Bill Prior - includes arriving before the sun has crested the eastern part of town in order to get the buses running and warm enough to operate and be comfortable for the riders.

"Nobody likes to go out and start a vehicle when it is 20-below, and it is even less fun when the vehi...

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