City presents proposed JATRAN changes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Jackson city officials met on Wednesday to present proposed changes for JATRAN fares and schedules.

Officials want the changes to take effect in November.

City leaders, members of the Department of Planning and Development and the Transit Services Division were at the meeting.

They said the proposed changes will improve the overall effectiveness of JATRAN.

They are still looking for the public’s input. A presentation of the proposal on Wednesday at the Hood Municipal Building.

A public meeting geared towards seniors will be held on Thursday, September 17,  at the Smith Robertson Multi-Purpose Senior Center located at 505 John Hart Street at 11 a.m.

Here’s a list of some of the things being proposed:

  • Elimination of the second buses on Routes 7-Terry, 8 and 12 due to low ridership.
  • Service to begin at 6:15 a.m. on weekdays and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.
  •  Service to end by either 6:15 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. on weekdays and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Operate Saturday schedule on Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
  • Operate no service on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day.
  • Implementation of a pilot general public dial-a-ride service during evening after the last JATRAN bus departs, Monday through Saturday and on Sundays during the daytime.
  • Renumbering several routes to eliminate confusion.
  • Streamlining routes to eliminate confusion.
  • New route to the Airport.
  • Allowing seniors to ride HandiLift.
  •  Convert Routes 5, 6/3 and 12 to flexible fixed routes with ability to deviate off route for all passengers using small buses.
  • Implementation of a four year phased small fare increase with new passes, and discounts for seniors, persons with disabilities, youth and those whom use HandiLift.

Any senor who would like to attend Thursday’s meeting and need transportation, call (601) 960-0425.

 

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