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Army won't pay for transit
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Editor, Regarding the transit story that ran in (Aug. 24) edition of the Courier, we are concerned that readers may be mislead into thinking that Fort Stewart is providing funds to help the city pay for this initiative.
The reporter, who quoted the planning commission director, failed to check the validity of the statement with the installation prior to publication.  That being said, we would like to have the following statement published to clarify the record:
Fort Stewart has been participating in meetings with the Hinesville Area Municipal Planning Office to provide information regarding the needs of the military community for a public transit service in the local area.
Regulatory restrictions do not allow military installations to provide funding for public transportation services.  We will continue to partner with HAMPO in the development of the public transit system and further investigate programs such as the Department of Army Mass Transit Benefit Program to encourage ridership.

Dina McKain
Consolidated Public Affairs Office
Fort Stewart and 3rd Infantry Division
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