Rural Areas Get Transit Boost
A pilot program could change that discontent. The Mid-Missouri Transportation Alliance is working on a plan that would haul Sturgeon, Hallsville, Ashland and Jefferson City residents to Columbia twice a day, five days a week.
The Alliance says surveys indicate that northern and southern Boone County's transportation needs were not being met. The Alliance came up with three main recommendations for improving Boone County transportation.
The recommendations include developing a research guide that lists all the possible sources of transportation. The Alliance would create a live telephone hotline to help users choose a transportation option. And the pilot project would provide transportation for northern and southern areas of Boone County.
"People who have transportation don't understand people who face those challenges and burdens everyday. We often look at transportation as an urban issue," said OATS Transportation Director Jack Heusted.
But Heusted says it's also a rural issue. The pilot program would run for a year and then it would be evaluated. The alliance has 75 percent of the money it needs for the project, but it still needs to raise about $110,000.