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Oneida County legislators to discuss improving rural transit

Oneida County legislators will discuss ways to improve rural transit to hopefully make it more available for people who live in rural areas.

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019 10:30 PM
Updated: Mar. 5, 2019 9:26 AM

UTICA, N.Y. - Oneida County legislators will discuss ways to improve rural transit to hopefully make it more available for people who live in rural areas. Currently, Centro covers the urban areas, and Birnie Bus assists with rural areas.

According to Oneida County Legislator Ed Welsh of the 19th District, there are some issues for people who live outside of urban areas. He said some of the areas have public transportation once a day, and he would like to see more stops.

He said the bus stop locations are a concern because some places are secluded, and can't have a bus stop on a highway. He also mentioned they need to be covered and in a safe spot.

He added that people young, and old want to see more options for transit. He says he would like to make transportation more accesible to more people.

"A lot of people are looking for ways to drive less, a lot of people have environmental concerns, about the cost of transportation and people just want convenience," said Welsh. "I think that’s a pretty big nut to crack in a rural community where transportation is so important but I think we can figure it out."

Welsh said there would have to be a committee formed. This topic will be discussed at the March 13 meeting.

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