The Union Recorder

Homepage

January 8, 2014

Possible changes loom for county rural transit program

MILLEDGEVILLE — For 19 years, the Section 5311 Rural Transportation program, managed through the county fire department, has operated with an objective to provide cost effective mobility to passengers throughout the community.

The Baldwin County Commissioners are interested in making the transportation system better and more efficient by bringing in a third party administrator.

Commissioners heard from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) Transportation and Mobility Manager Bob Rychel during Tuesday’s county work session.

“We want to give you an opportunity to consider an option that could potentially result in efficiencies of transportation operations, better service to the citizens of Baldwin County and potential cost savings to the county as well,” Rychel said.

The MGRC is one of three Georgia Department of Transportation pilot programs looking for better transportation coordination.

“I don’t know if you are aware of it, but you have two transit systems operating in your county,” he said. “There is the rural transportation that the county operates, but there is also Department of Human Services (DHS) system.”

Rychel said GDOT asked the regional commission to consolidate those two programs. Of the 112 Georgia counties that run rural transport, 77 percent coordinate with DHS.

“Basically it consists of merging those two systems resulting in efficiencies of operation because you don’t have two different vehicles under two different systems possibly going to the same location,” Rychel said. “Because you have higher utilization, you also have a lower cost per trip rate, which could result in county savings.”

The Baldwin Transit consists of two vans based at the Allen Memorial Drive fire station. 

One public transit services van outfitted for ambulatory persons features a wheelchair lift and has room for just one onboard, as well as eight passengers. The other vehicle is a regular 15-passenger van.

Drivers carry out transport services from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Rides costing $2 per passenger per trip are reservation only.

Text Only
Local News
web break.jpg

Features
SRC 5.jpg

The Teen Club, as part of the Twin Lakes Library System's Summer Reading Club, and Reference Supervisor Dabney Kinser do candy science experiments to finish up the science themed reading club experience.

Business
Rocket Roller Rink.JPG

Today marks the 44th anniversary of Rocket Roller Rink. Husband and wife, Brian & Stephanie Mixon, along with Mixon's sister and brother-in-law, Chandra and Michael Brewer, purchased the business in 2012 to preserve the memories of their childhood spent at the roller rink. 

Local Sports
Editorials
Columns
Letters
Local Weather Radar
Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks
NDN Video
Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway Celebrities That We'd Like to Send to the Moon Spectacular lightning storm hits London Malaysian Flight Victim Was South Florida Grad Rory McIlroy on pace to break British Open records Officials Fear MH17 Site Now Tampered by Rebels Lowes employees repair Vietnam vet's wheelchair Widow of Staten Island man who died after NYPD takedown says he was unjustifiably targeted