NH DOT TO DISCUSS RURAL TRANSIT IN NORTH COUNTRY

by Gair on September 27, 2012

EXEC. COUNCILOR RAY BURTON IS EXPECTED TO JOIN OTHER OFFICIALS IN TAMWORTH THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR A DISCUSSION OF RURAL TRANSIT IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.

ALSO EXPECTED ARE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION COMM. CHRISTOPHER CLEMENT AND OTHERS INVOLVED WITH RUNNING BUS SERVICES IN NORTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE – INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM TRI COUNTY CAP – AT THE 2:30 P.M. MEETING AT THE TRI COUNTY CAP RESOURCE CENTER JUST SOUTH OF CHOCORUA VILLAGE.

THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

MARK SANBORN – THE FEDERAL LIAISON TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE D.O.T. – SAID THE EVENT WOULD INCLUDE A TOUR OF THE RESOURCE CENTER IN TAMWORTH – A STOP ON THE BLUE LOON BUS ROUTE THAT SERVES CARROLL COUNTY – BUT THE DISCUSSION WOULD GO BEYOND TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED IN CARROLL COUNTY ALONE.

SANBORN SAYS MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE USE TRANSIT SERVICES IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND THE MAIN GOAL OF THURSDAY’S MEETING WAS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

THE BLUE LOON BUS SERVICE – WHICH PROVIDES FIXED ROUTE AND ON-DEMAND SERVICE IN CARROLL COUNTY, HAS DRAWN CRITICISM FROM SOME AS BEING TOO HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED AND INEFFICIENT.

TRI COUNTY CAP ADMINISTRATORS RECENTLY CHANGED THE BUS SCHEDULES IN CARROLL COUNTY IN AN ATTEMPT TO ATTRACT MORE RIDERS.

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