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12/4/2012 6:00:00 AM
Kingman transit system seeking vehicles
Two new buses part of transit system's capital plan

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

Kingman Area Regional Transit will take one of its first budget-creation steps today when it seeks City Council approval to submit an application to the Arizona Department of Transit for a federal rural transit grant.

This is something KART goes through every year because much of its budget is paid for with a federal rural grant that's managed by ADOT, said KART Superintendent Sheri Furr. The Transit Advisory Commission approved documents in late November that recommend KART be allowed to operate at the same level and provide the same service in the next fiscal cycle as it does now, and the maximum share the city will have to dole out from its general fund for KART during the next fiscal cycle is $309,821.

"That's a worst-case scenario, though," Furr said. "We're not going to get anywhere near that."

The only way the city would need to come up with that much money for KART is if the department maxed out every single one of its line items and the federal government provided the lowest match possible, she said.

The grant funds different aspects of KART at different levels. For operations, the federal share is 58 percent while the city's share is 42 percent. Administration funding is 80 percent federal and 20 percent city. It's the capital expense segment that changes, Furr said. The grant usually covers 93 percent of capital expenses, but it can also be shifted to cover only 80 percent.

The size of the city's share of KART's capital expenses hinges on how many grant applications ADOT receives as well as how much funding it has at its disposal, according to Council's agenda packet.

There are three items on KART's capital expense list for the next fiscal cycle. There's a dispatch software upgrade that combined with the training needed to get employees up to snuff, would cost about $4,200. Then there's the annual license and maintenance fee for KART's existing dispatch software, which costs $4,000. Lastly, KART would like to purchase two new buses, which carries a price tag of $272,000.

At 80 percent funding, the city's share of cost for these purchases would be $56,040. But at 93 percent funding, the city's share would be $19,614.

If KART doesn't get capital expenses funded at 93 percent, Furr said it's likely that only one bus will be purchased.

Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: bla bla

@ free ride to scrap?

I dont recall anyone saying FOR FREE? Did anyone else recall anyone mentioning... FOR FREE???

Local bus fares are $1.50 and i would not trust other scappers to take my stuff to the yard! They are out there doing the same exact thing so how would i know they would not just keep my money?? Theres competition in scrapping too just like thier is in any other type of 'business'! Im sure alot of scrappers would happily pay that bus fare rather than trust another scrapper with thier scrap! Get with the !@%$# program please!

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: really free ride to scrap?


Wanting a service meant to haul people to accommidate your "scrapping" activities.

How about the group of scrapers get together and hire someones truck for a coupke gallons of gas.

You know it cost to much to drive my truck to the store. Maybe I should ask for public ?transportation.

Sorry Obama's not going to give you a free ride to the recycler. Maybe Mitt would ? Now thats Funny.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: What's That - This Local Bastion of Tea Party Looking for Federal Money. Good For Them.

Gee, more good coming from our federal government.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: bla bla

I,d like to see a bus route running down off 66 and around the Shinarump area myself. Possibly a bus stop there around Bulldog would be excellent. Some of us out here has no transportation and must 'scrap' to make ends meet and without transportation and no means of getting any, that makes 'scrapping' very difficult. Taking 2 or 3 small bags of crushed cans or whatnot on the bus down to Bulldog would be a MAJOR help to alot of people that do 'scrapping' in order to make ends meet.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Old Desert Woman

Since it is a rural grant that supplies these funds it sure would be nice if we could have a bus running to Golden Valley at least once a day. Pick up in the morning, return in the evening with a parking area for cars. This would save lots on gas and give people a chance to spend a day in town shopping and doing errands.

It would also be something to consider having a bus run to the airport area for workers out there.

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