Hattiesburg looking to revamp transit system

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The city of Hattiesburg is looking to expand its public transit system to coincide with a long- range transportation plan designed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

At the city council meeting Monday evening city leaders heard the results of a study that began in the Spring of last year, examining the city's current system, the needs of the public and the chance to grow.

From buses running at night to weekend routes city leaders hope federal funds can offset the expenses. But for that to happen, the proposed system would have to be a part of that long-range plan.

"A plan is as good as your effort to keep it updated and current and what we'd recommend is a regular cycle to update the plan and we would recommend at least coming back and looking at it every five years and evaluating where you are, where you are as far as implementation on any steps that were recommended in this plan and then look again at where you are at that point any changes that might be needed," said a representative from the study.

Hattiesburg is also looking at setting up a call-ahead bus system to serve the city of Petal.

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