VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Monday afternoon, a meeting was scheduled to get underway at the Lowndes County Board of Election Office in Valdosta at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the future of public transportation in Valdosta and Lowndes County.
Valdosta's Mayor, Valdosta Regional Airport Manager, and members from the local regional planning commission office were planning to lead a panel discussion regarding the potential addition of a public bus system to service the city and the county in the near future.
Corey Hull, with the regional planning commission office, said he had been hearing a lot of misconceptions regarding the future of public transportation in the city and the county from recent Lowndes County Democratic Party meetings and he hoped to address those misconceptions at the party's meeting Monday evening.
"It's definitely something that's on the radar and it's kind of getting to the front burner," Hull said, regarding the issue of a public bus system. "There's still an operations and maintenance revenue gap that is typically filled by a local funding source."
Hull added that a public transportation study had been proposed as part of the commission's 2016 budget, which takes effect July 1st, 2015.
As of Monday, that budget had not been adopted, but Hull said the study would answer a lot of questions that need to be answered before a bus system could be implemented.