HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hub City officials are working with the University of Southern Mississippi to bring a mass transit route to the campus.
"Our administration is looking at holding three public hearings, we're looking at the possibility of adding an additional transit route around the Southern Miss campus," said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. "We think that for students, but for also people who live in the surrounding area, having a route that would not only connect to the campus, but also to the other existing routes, would be a great benefit not only for students but other neighborhood stake holders."
Barker said this is just another way to tie the university to the City of Hattiesburg, and they are looking for input from the community.
"When we hold these hearings, we're not only looking at a route that not only meets the needs of getting people around the campus, but also connect to our existing transit routes," Barker said. "That's a big goal for us as we move forward."
The cost of the busses, the route times and the addition to the route will be assessed with Southern Miss and city officials.
"We want to make sure that we are providing a quick, efficient service and expanding our footprint of public transportation to the Southern Miss campus," Barker said. "If you look at the way the campus is growing, its further to the west, and they just added three great new parking lots around 34th, 35th, and 36th Avenue, the problem is those are a long way off."
Barker said the additional route could help those students out, as well as cut down on traffic and parking issues around the university.
Tuesday, November 14th, at 6 p.m. in the Southern Miss Liberal Arts Building
Tuesday, November 28th, at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center
Wednesday, November 29th, at 6 p.m. at Brewsky's located on 4th Street
"Again, we are trying to go in all parts where the routes might go, trying to engage people where they are and get their input," Barker said.