Joplin close to finalizing public transport contingency plans | KSNF/KODE

JOPLIN, Mo. – The next step in finalizing a transportation contingency plan for Joplin took place today.

Here are the four options if the city were to cut transit services:

  1. Reduce MAPS routes from 6 to 3 per day.
  2. 4 MAPS routes and reduce tram hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  3. 3 MAPS routes and condense the tram system into 2 routes that would operate on 90 minute loops from 7am to 6pm.
  4. Eliminate trolley service and respect the 6 MAPS routes.

There were two public meetings, involving the plan, at City Hall.

The first took place this afternoon.

Options are being considered in the event that the city does not have enough staff to maintain current operations.

“I have a lot of concerns about this. As a resident of the city, I see the tram system and MAPS buses being used throughout the city, but my biggest concern is with our library patrons. I’m afraid they won’t be able to get the services they need and use on a daily basis,” said Lisa Brown of the Joplin Public Library.

“Things are off scale here, but the answer is ‘let’s fix it.’ We have to find the money, we can’t cut it. We survived the 2011 tornado,” said Joplin resident Eileen Donnelly .

A second public meeting began at 5:30 p.m. and continued until 7:00 p.m.

As for what happens after that, the city will consider all comments.

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