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IVAG: Council adopts wish list of transportation services

April 26, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Valley Association of Governments regional council voted to adopt certain unmet local transportation needs — depending on its budget — and forward the information to the state Department of Transportation as part of the required public input process.

The new transportation services are the result of public input in February and are in addition to those services already being provided.

Potential new services include:

l additional mileage on bus route No. 50 from Niland to Imperial Valley College to meet the existing partial trip at 3:05 p.m. at IVC.

l the addition of a countywide trip on route No. 200 at about 7:50 p.m. with the termination point being the last stop in Brawley.

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l the addition of a countywide round-trip in the morning on routes No. 600 and 650, in order to eliminate a six-hour gap in service.

l technical assistance, if requested, by the cities of Brawley and Westmorland to determine the feasibility of dial-a-ride services in Westmorland.

l discussions and technical assistance with the city of El Centro, if requested, to determine the feasibility of a community shuttle within the city.

l the potential adjustment of the county contract with the Americans With Disabilities Act Transit — AIM Transit — service provider, after a determination of potential capacity constraints and the impacts on service to disabled passengers.

The new services would be tested for a 12-month period.

"We really don't know what we're going to do until the budget is finalized sometime in June," IVAG analyst Kathi Williams said this morning.

In other business, the council was told there likely will be a $300,000 to $500,000 budget surplus in the next fiscal year.

"However, we still need to do some research," Williams said, adding the cost impacts of the new services have not yet been determined.

In other business, the council:

l voted to participate in statewide grant competition for federal transit authority funds for the elderly and disabled.

l voted to change the functional classification of Shank Road, Best Road and Highway 78 within Brawley from minor arterial roads to major arterials.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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