City leaders discuss public transit system in Tupelo

City Council members discussed a proposal for public transportation in Tupelo

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 10:27 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - City leaders are looking at a proposal that would provide public transit in Tupelo.

City Council members met Tuesday to discuss a proposal from Climb Up Inc. The company is proposing 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 offers two different fixed routes which would run along N. Gloster and W. Main Streets making various stops along the way.

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

Proposed stops for the second route include the Itawamba Community College campus, Fairpark, Kroger and Walmart on W. 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 would cost the city $250,000 for an initial 18 month period. Right now the proposal is not a permanent commitment, and the city would have the discretion to stop or extend the project if they see fit.

The city council will decide whether to approve or deny the plan at their second meeting in February.

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