LOCAL BRIEFING: Leaders to discuss Tupelo public transportation today

Tupelo StockTUPELO – The city’s conversation on possible public transportation in Tupelo continues today.

Following up from a November meeting, Mayor Jason Shelton and City Council members will attend a two-hour meeting in City Hall with local and state AARP representatives and Booneville-based Northeast Mississippi Community Services, which provides transportation services.

Shelton said public transportation discussions will help Tupelo leaders determine if they can find an “acceptable and affordable option.”

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Tupelo to purchase four school buses for $310,896

TUPELO – The Tupelo School Board approved the purchase of four new school buses during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The 77-passenger buses would cost a total of $310,896 from Truck Center of Tupelo. TPSD Finance Director Linda Pannell said the four would replace existing buses, which could then be used as spares. The district has 76 buses in its fleet.

The purchase would be funded from money the district has from a past note which must be spent before March, Pannell said.

The district typically buys six new buses a year to keep its fleet fresh, she said, but it has only been able to buy three or four in recent years because of funding cuts. Last year, it did find funds to buy six buses, she said.

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