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Tupelo City Council rejected public transportation proposal

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The board took the action Tuesday night on the proposed contract with Climb Up.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 8:18 PM
Updated: Mar. 6, 2018 8:18 PM

TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- The Tupelo City Council rejected a proposal to provide public transportation in the city.

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The board took the action Tuesday night on the proposed contract with Climb Up.

Council members say the reason they rejected the proposal was changes in the administration of Climb Up.

The council says once Climb Up has reorganized, they will once again ask them to resubmit their proposal.

In February, the company propsed a system using passenger vans that would provide residents with transportation three times a week with fares starting at just one dollar.

Vans would run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The proposal offered two different fixed routes which would run along North Gloster and West Main Streets making various stops along the way.

Proposed stops for the first route included the North Mississippi Medical Center, Midtowne Pointe, Planet Fitness, Barnes Crossing Mall, and Walmart on North Gloster Street.

Proposed stops for the second route included the Itawamba Community College campus, Fairpark, Kroger and Walmart on West Main Street, and Ballard Park.

The system would also offer on demand services, which would be like calling a taxi.

Residents would have the option to walk to the transit stops or schedule a pick-up in advance right from their home.

This project was expected cost the city $250,000 for an initial 18 month period. 

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