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I noticed that the windows on our city buses are all blackened out. If someone could drill into this and see that the reason for that is that no one is riding buses maybe that could be a way to save a ton of money Hinesville does not have or need to spend. Just get rid of the buses. Be cheaper to just send cabs to pick up the few who need transportation.

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timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 07:47 AM

I believe they have shut down most of the bus routes. I have not been seeing as many as there were about a year ago.

"Wait til Splost gets here"

Now that is a subject worthy of a good thorough discussion before the election.

shannalat commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

I agree. There has to be a way to handle Hinesvilles public transportation more efficiently. For example, I am not sure about now but as of a year ago there was not a route that ran from Hinesville proper to the Liberty county industrial park in Midway GA. This route would accommodate a substantial part of the population.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 14:11 PM

You are correct.

But public transportation and how it could be affordable is much like the "chicken and the egg",,,,

,,,,which one came first,,,,

As a child I rode the bus to Savannah with my Grandmother because my family did not own an automobile.

The routes which were implemented by Liberty Transit were done by some one who was incompetent or simply lacking in experience.

It appeared to be destined for failure (like many government projects) as it came out of the gate.

This county needs affordable public transportation.

We don't all possess a welfare Cadillac.

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 07:50 AM

I am not a hundred per cent certain but I think I remember attending a gathering where the discussion was all about sales tax and the various types available for counties to offer their citizens the chance to approve.

This was a long time ago, about 25 years.

I believe there is in fact a one cent sales tax option in the State of Georgia that can be used exclusively in the General fund to help lower the property tax burden.

sebekm will you please research this?

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 06:09 AM

Information you requested:

Georgia’s Local option sales taxes

LOST – Local Option Sales Tax

HLOST – Homestead Local Option Sales Tax
May be used to increase the homestead exemption for property taxes

SPLOST – Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax

ESPLOST – Education Special Purpose Local Sales Tax

TSPLOST – Transportation Special Purpose Local Sales Tax

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 at 06:15 AM

I believe if we imposed HLOST the proceeds of that would give homeowners some relief.

Thanks sebekm.

shannalat commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 08:09 AM

with the known benefits of good public transportation it does not seem like stopping the bus service altogether is a good idea. The service has to however become efficient and serve it's purpose. Two things that I am not sure it has ever done.
from the Liberty Transit website we have this
"Liberty Transit will provide transportation options for everyone within the service area. It helps people that cannot drive, such as youth, seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as military troops and families. The service benefits everyone by reducing traffic congestion and demand for parking, and helps to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts of automobile use."
This is a great boiler plate explanation of a bus system however it is flawed in itself. the service is for everyone however it seems as though it is marketed to those who cannot and do not drive in that case if only those who it is marketed to use it this service will not reduce and hasn't reduced traffic congestion.
There are complex traffic patterns available for the steering committee to use and set up stops and routes for men and women who are driving already. This would reduce traffic congestion. There are also programs the system can use that would provide employers with passes and at deep discounts.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 08:22 AM

The biggest reason the system has failed is simply that it never reached out to the outlying areas of the county where the real potential for riders were in the first place.

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