Tupelo wants transit group

TUPELO – The City Council has created a new entity to study public transportation but still needs five members to serve on it.
The Public Transportation Committee was created by unanimous vote Tuesday and with the full support of Mayor Ed Neelly. Neelly spoke at the council’s meeting about the city’s need for a transit system, calling it crucial for the elderly, people with handicaps and those without a vehicle.
He also offered the name of one possible member, David Puckett, who is blind and relies on taxis and other means to get to work or run his errands. Puckett has been a driving force behind the effort to establish the committee.
“Places like Biloxi, Meridian, Vicksburg and now Oxford have a public transportation system,” Puckett told council members in May. “And I see no reason we can’t have one, too.”
Once selected, committee members will meet at least monthly to determine how Tupelo can feasibly implement a citywide bus system. The group must research short-term and long-term implementation, costs and funding sources, scope of services, accessibility and routes.
It will report its findings quarterly to the council, which ultimately bears the burden of establishing the system.
The group likely won’t be formed until after a new mayor and council take office July 6. All committee members must be Tupelo residents appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the council.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

NEMS Daily Journal