The Union Recorder

Homepage

July 3, 2014

County transportation program looking for alternatives

MILLEDGEVILLE — For 19 years, the Section 5311 Rural Transportation program, managed through the Baldwin County Fire Department, has operated with an objective to provide cost effective mobility throughout the community.

With expected fare revenue subtracted, the Baldwin County Commissioners agreed to accept local and federal operating contributions of $46,598 and $46,597 for this July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 fiscal year. The money covers van maintenance, fuel and the drivers.

The county commissioners are interested in making the transportation system better and more efficient by potentially working with the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) transportation system that also runs in the area.

Earlier this year, commissioners heard from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) Transportation and Mobility Manager Bob Rychel. The MGRC is one of three Georgia Department of Transportation pilot programs looking for better transportation coordination.

Of the 112 Georgia counties that run rural transport, 77 percent coordinate with DHS.

Middle Georgia Community Action Agency Inc. currently provides transportation administration in 10 of the MGRC’s 11-county area.

The agency’s executive director, Nancy Smith, has met with the county discussing potential services offered.

County Manager Ralph McMullen said it’s been a few months since the last meeting.

The third party administrator proposed taking over operations of the county transit program.

That wasn’t exactly what the county wanted to hear.

“We were talking about merging this program with DHS. Then we won’t have two vans going across the river where we pick up ours, and they pick up theirs,” McMullen said. “We were hoping to get those groups combined, so that one van can go and pick up both the 5311 and DHS clients. That wasn’t the case.”

The county thinks merging transportation programs locally or regionally would better pool resources to serve more people.

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 on board, as well as eight passengers. The other vehicle is a standard 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.

Most of the pickups are service center for disabled children, dialysis, medical appointments and work.

McMullen said the county would meet with the MGRC and even Georgia College to identify ways to enhance rural transit.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
IMG_5384.JPG

A two-day job fair for the new YDC unit drew hundreds to the national guard armory this week.

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
07-25 Chatter.JPG

Chatter Boutique owner Amber Patitucci shows off a new shipment of jewelry. The former educator turned businesswoman is celebrating one year of business. To commemorate the event, the store is featuring a birthday bash sale with items at half price.

Local Sports
Editorials
Columns
Letters
Local Weather Radar
Poll
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
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
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza