HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release the city of Hattiesburg and Grove Transit, Inc.
The City of Hattiesburg and Grove Transit, Inc. have partnered to improve access to places of employment and employment- related activities for low-income and public assistance recipients of Hattiesburg-Petal-Lamar-Forrest County.
The opportunity was made possible thanks to a $367,964 grant, with $183,982 of that being the local match, and $183,982 from the Federal Transit Administration to establish and operate the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program slated to begin September 1, 2015.
Government agencies, transportation providers and nonprofit organizations use the grants to fund capital expenses and operating costs that involve reverse commuting, travel vouchers and other programs that benefit low-income earners who use transit or other transportation alternatives for trips related to employment.
"This vital funding will make a positive impact on metropolitan Hattiesburg residents and those in the surrounding urbanized areas with critical transportation needs, especially those who have no alternative means of travel," said Lakeylah White, Director of Hattiesburg's Federal & State Programs.
Grove Transit will provide service Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Saturday 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Sundays as needed. To apply for services or learn more about the program, contact the Hattiesburg Metroplitan Planning office at 601-545-6325 or Grove Transit at 601-544-5403.