The Hinesville-Fort Stewart-Flemington transit system may not be running by Dec. 1 as planned, according to transit coordinator Brandon Wescott at the Hinesville Rotary Club meeting last week.
“I don’t know how likely it is that we’re going to hit that date anymore,” Wescott said. “There are still a couple options for us to begin as quickly as Dec. 1, but we’ll just have to play that by ear.”
Wescott said there have been hold-ups in getting necessary state funding paperwork.
When those come through, they will be able to buy the buses, and establish bus stops and shelters.
The tri-city bus system will have four, gasoline-fueled, 16-20 passenger buses with wheelchair accessibility.
Plans are for two routes, serving Fort Stewart, Flemington, downtown Hinesville and the commercial corridor by Lowe’s and Wal-Mart.
“We’re limited by our operations costs or we could provide transit to everybody,” Wescott said. “But we want to stay within our means.”
He said operation times are still being determined, but should range from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week. Buses will not run on Sundays.
“We’re still tweaking the hours,” Wescott said. “We’re trying to find that balance.”
Bus fare will be $1.
Wescott said public transit systems are a designed for service and not necessarily intended to make profits.
He is working with attorneys to put together policies to formally regulate operations.
A steering committee has agreed to call the bus system Liberty Transit.
Wescott and his committee will explore advancing transit system services, depending on how well the service does and funds from the next grant cycle.