Buses Still Halted in Meridian

Following a work session Friday, Meridian City Council members were expected to approve extra funding for Meridian Transit System during their regular meeting Tuesday, but that didn't happen.

Instead council president, Barbara Henson, decided to postpone the vote until after transit officials and city officials meet with representatives of the Mississippi Department of Transportation Monday.

"I'm not so concerned about what they'll (MDOT) be able to provide, it's what information they can give us," said Henson.

Mayor Cheri Barry says she briefly met with MDOT officials Monday.

"Commissioner Dick Hall is involved and also Charles Carr, who is with the transit authority out of Jackson," said Barry. "And I think he's going to help us find a solution."

Transit officials say they're optimistic about the outcome of the upcoming meeting.

"We're a good partner with MDOT," said transit board president, Bo Hawkins. "The Meridian Transit System is and we have a good relationship with them. I'm very optimistic that we will get this up and running."

"I think if we all put our heads together we can certainly come up with what we need to do to restore this service to the citizens of Meridian," Barry said.

Meanwhile, Ward 4 Councilman Jesse Palmer says he is very disappointed that a vote for extra funding was not taken at Tuesday's meeting.

"The biggest problem is that we say we support something, but we can't support it with our mouths," said Ward 4 councilman, Jesse Palmer. "We have to give the transit system at least a reasonable amount."

If a solution to the problem is reached Monday, Henson says it would take at least three days after that to hold a meeting to vote for additional funding for Meridian Transit. Transit officials are hopefully that service will be restored by the end of next week.

The meeting between city and MDOT officials is set for 1 p.m. Monday at Union Station. MTS says it needs $80,000 to get through the rest of the current fiscal year.

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