Public transport recommendations unveiled | Local news
If all goes as planned, a public transport system could be operational in the Golden Islands within a year.
Part of the recommended service includes a bus service from Brunswick to St. Simons Island and an on-call micro-transportation service within the city and adjacent parts of the county.
The service would operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with shorter hours on Sundays.
Passengers will board one of five microbuses on the downtown route and when enough people have boarded, the driver will take them to their destination. Runners can book for their return trip.
The consultant who made the presentation recommended to the Coastal Regional Commission to handle the reservations, as the organization already has dispatchers to provide an on-demand bus service that would continue to operate after the start of the city service.
The recommended fare is $ 3 to $ 5 each way, with multiple ticket and monthly pass options. All rates would be paid in advance or online. No tariff would be charged on the buses.
The 25-foot bus to St. Simons will also transit downtown to the Mall with Winn-Dixie before heading to the island on time.
The city’s public works department would maintain the buses.
There are plenty of grants available to help cover most of the estimated $ 2 million to establish the service, the consultant said.
Another important way to help fund the service is to support businesses whose employees travel to and from St. Simons Island. Upcoming local option sales tax negotiations in 2022 could also help determine another source of funding.
One factor that could delay the start of transit systems is the shortage of chips for vehicles.
Following the public transit presentation, Andrew Burroughs, Director of the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission, gave city officials an update on the organization’s five-year master plan. The good news is that the system has the capacity to meet the county’s water and sewer needs for the next 20 years, barring major development.
The system has pipe corrosion problems and some electrical components are nearing the end of their expected life. He estimated that the commission will need $ 189.6 million over the next 20 years.
âIt’s a plan we can do with minor adjustments,â he said. âWe have made substantial progress over the past five years. “
After the presentations, City Engineer Garrow Alberson briefed Commissioners on planned improvements for the city’s worst roads. He said the roads were identified during a comprehensive assessment of every street in the city earlier this year. The assessment established a priority list, with the poorest roads at the top of the list for repairs.
Alberson said about 6% of the city’s streets are on the Critical List.
Albany Street has been officially designated an honorary street in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man murdered by three whites who await their conviction after their conviction. Arbery has been described as a “symbol of strength and unity in our community”.
The vote was 4 to 1, with Commissioner Johnny Cason casting the dissenting vote without explanation.
City officials filed a vote on a short-term rental ordinance after commissioners had questions about the application and whether rental units should comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The order will be reviewed at the second meeting in January, possibly with another public hearing to discuss any changes.
The city seal is the property of the city and should only be used by the city, neighborhood planning associations or with permission from events sponsored or supported by the city, city officials agreed. during a meeting.
City attorney Brian Corry said most violators stop using the city logo when they receive a cease and desist notice.
âUsually that puts an end to the problem,â he said. âIf they don’t stop, the city will pursue all legal remedies provided by law. “