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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  • by mm Location: county on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    MTS is at its end. People need to get over it and find other ways to adapt. Look to your family, friends and church if you need assistance.. I am sure there is help there for those that need it .. probably not though for those who just need a free lift to the convenience store..
  • by just sayin..... Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Doesn't Meridian still have taxi service? Oh, thats right, no tax payer money to help the rider pay the fare. It is cheaper to ride the bus and bilk the tax payers for my fare than to ride a taxi and pay all the fare out of my pocket. I want something for nothing, it is my right to live off of tax payers.
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      by mm on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to just sayin.....
      Good ole American way, "stick it to the taxpayers". People just di=ont realize, NOTHING IS FREE.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    The amount that they think they need will probably increase when the price of gas rises and they will be back asking the taxpayers for more money.
  • by Smart thinking Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    Didn't I read that it takes 25000 dollars a month to keep the transit running. And it only generates 3000 dollars revenue a month! Wow, it should have been shut down a long time ago!!!
  • by R. U. Serious Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 05:54 AM
    Do the math - As previously reported 03.01.2012 - 25,000 per month to operate, 3,000 per month paid by users/riders - leaving 22,000 per month deficiency(in the red). 9 X 22,000 ain't the dollar figure listed as needed or is this "modern math" from our band of Meridian educators on the council?
  • by follow thecampaign on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    Its a done deal. Follow the heavy hitters campaign donation and she gets what she wants. NO MDOT HELP. YOU GOT TO LOVE THE SHOW.thank you Mr hall
  • by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:42 PM
    isnt HENSON the same "lady" (for lack of better words) that said "we have no problem giving out the funds"???? man what a crock load....
  • by Brian Location: Meridian on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    Smart thinking mrs Henson. Let's see what we get before we give what we got.
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