Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum, front left, Northern District Transportation Commissioner of MDOT Mike Tagert, front right, Mike Hainsey, Executive Director of Golden Triangle Regional Airport, middle, and Jeremiah Dumas, Director of Parking and Transit Services at MSU, background, pose for media assembled during a GTR Airport and Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.
Columbus’ contract with Lawrence Transit System to bring public transportation to the city is officially null and void.
Mayor Robert Smith said he spoke with LTS coordinator Dorothy Dowdell Thursday and informed her it would be in the best interest of the city going forward if the contract was canceled.
Thirty days means 30 days.
By a 3-2 vote, the Columbus City Council approved a request from Lawrence Transit System for a 30-day extension to begin bus service to the city. The vote came during Tuesday’s council meeting. With the vote, the council stipulated that if the buses aren’t rolling by Dec. 6, the city’s contract with LTS is null and void.
Tuesday night, the Columbus City Council considered a request for a 30-day extension on its agreement to bring bus service to the city.
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith received a letter from Lawrence Transit System on Thursday stating that the private bus service could begin providing service to the city “within 30 days.”
Early last month, Lawrence Transit System officials told Columbus councilmen a public transportation system would begin operating in the city in three to four weeks.
City officials have confirmed that the planned bus stops at the corners of Fifth and Main streets have been deleted from Lawrence Transit’s route.
Other areas close to the intersection but not in the city’s historic district are being considered as alternatives by LTS director of Columbus operations Dorothy Dowdell.
They like the idea of public buses. They don’t like the idea of bus stop shelters at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets.
That’s what downtown business owners and residents told the Columbus Historic Preservation Commission during a meeting Thursday. The commission was considering a request from Lawrence Transit System to construct four shelters at that intersection, as well as one at the intersection of 12th and College streets.
When the Historic Preservation Commission meets next week, one of the matters they will take up is whether to approve the installation of five bus stops and shelters within Columbus historic districts.
For the second time, a planned bus service for the city of Columbus has been stalled before it was to begin. On Tuesday city officials learned that some of the bus stops Lawrence Transit wants to have in its routes require Historic Preservation Commission approval.