Tupelo Public transit study could advance

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – After weeks with no action on a proposed public-transportation study, the City Council soon could OK a four-month examination of the city’s transit needs.
The council next month will consider a nearly $25,000 contract with the Neel-Schaffer consulting firm to handle the study. The Jackson-based group was recommended in early December by the city’s Public Transportation Committee.
Ward 5 Councilman Jonny Davis told the Daily Journal on Tuesday that, while he hasn’t yet seen the contract, he supports a transit study and is anxious to see it move ahead.
If approved, the study will examine the city’s current transportation needs based on interviews and census data, review Tupelo’s prior attempts at offering public transit and why those efforts failed, and look at how other similar-sized cities have successfully implemented a public transit system.
It will then offer three options for providing such services.
Half the money for the study already has been provided through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant, the other half was approved last year by the council.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.