Buses to run 6 routes daily

A new transportation system for Montgomery County is scheduled to hit the roads on Feb. 18, County P
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A new transportation system for Montgomery County is scheduled to hit the roads on Feb. 18, County Planner Doug Greene said Tuesday.

Details on scheduled runs and stops are being ironed out and should be available early next week, Greene said.

The county’s Board of Supervisors in August approved measures for the new bus transportation system and accepted a bid from Brown Coach Inc. to operate the service for $243,097 for the first year.

The system would make use of two buses running six routes daily.

Three buses would run in the morning, three in the evening, traveling state routes 5 and 5S.

The lack of transportation has been identified as a factor in people’s inability to get to work, and the new system is seen as an important link for people without cars to reach county office buildings in Fonda and other places for work and shopping.

Greene said plans are being developed to purchase two buses, but Brown Coach is expected to lease two buses for the system to start operation later this month.

“There’s a number of things we’re still working on,” Greene said.

Greene said the county is working to post a schedule on its Web site, possibly by Monday, and he is notifying businesses on routes 5 and 5S so they can inform workers about the system’s upcoming availability.

The bus routes and times are expected to be coordinated with other transportation services, including Amsterdam Transit, Greene said, to coordinate travel for people intending to use the service to reach work or to go shopping.

State and federal funding of $290,000 will be needed to purchase two buses and operate the system, and Greene said he’s been told the money is forthcoming, but no official word on the funding has been received.

The status of the county’s requests for funding could not be learned immediately on Tuesday.

Human service agencies are being encouraged to help coordinate the transportation.

A public notice is being published to seek comments on the project from residents, private bus and taxi companies and other public transportation providers who can learn more details about the project by writing to Greene. Agencies wishing to obtain copies of the service description or comment on the project also can write to Greene at the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and Planning, P.O. Box 1500, Fonda, NY 12068.

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