Oxford University Transit buses are getting a red and blue makeover

Published 10:25 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oxford University Transit buses will soon be all gussied up.

On Wednesday, the Oxford Transit Commission approved wrapping buses in navy blue vinyl with new city and University of Mississippi logos on the side.

Will Hunt, the owner of Hunt Marketing Firm, was hired by the commission earlier this summer to design exteriors for the buses.

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During the summer months, Hunt presented several different choices to the commission, including red buses, blue buses, red and blue buses, with or without stripes and different variations of logos.

After whittling down the list, the commission voted to approve a navy-colored bus, top to bottom, with a white stripe. On each end of the stripe will be the city of Oxford logo and on the other end, the University of Mississippi’s logo. On the back of the bus will be the OUT logo.

The commission decided to wrap the entire bus, rather than just doing the bottom half.

“If we’re going to do this, we should do the whole thing and make it look nice,” said Commissioner Carole Haney.

Each bus will cost about $10,600 to wrap, which is much cheaper than repainting each bus. New buses purchased by OUT will be made to order to match the vinyl-covered buses.

A grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation funds 80 percent of capital projects, leaving the city and university to fork up just $2,100 per bus.

“That’s super cheap,” said Commissioner Mike Harris, who is also the director of transportation and parking for UM.