Hattiesburg hosts first of three hearings on USM transit route

Hattiesburg hosts first of three hearings on USM transit route
Hattiesburg is seeking input for a new mass transit route to Southern Miss. Photo credit WDAM.
Hattiesburg is seeking input for a new mass transit route to Southern Miss. Photo credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some proposed new mass transit routes to the University of Southern Mississippi were shown during the first of three public hearings Tuesday night.

The hearing was held at the Liberal Arts Building at USM.

The city is expanding from four to six fixed routes for its transit system in 2018 and a third new route could be added to Southern Miss.

City officials are hoping input from students and residents will help them develop that potential new route.

They say no new buses or drivers will be needed if that route is added.

"For the most part, we would be using current staff and equipment," said Andrew Ellard, director of urban development for the city of Hattiesburg. "We actually, as a result of the tornado, have a lot of new equipment that is in the process of being procured now, so that will enable us to fill out some of these new routes."

Two other meetings are scheduled for Nov. 28 at the Thad Cochran Center and Nov. 29 at Brewsky's.