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4/4/2014 6:00:00 AM
This Saturday: Free bus rides in Kingman
Several city employees were recognized at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. From the left are: Councilman Larry Carver and Mayor Janet Watson; permit technician Sheri Sixkiller-Wing, 10 years; equipment operator Raymondo Montanez, 10 years; building maintenance worker Doug Letcher, who recently retired after nearly nine years; Police Officer Stacey Mayo, 20 years; Battalion Chief Roger Dixon, 20 years; and Councilman Mark Wimpee. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)
Several city employees were recognized at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. From the left are: Councilman Larry Carver and Mayor Janet Watson; permit technician Sheri Sixkiller-Wing, 10 years; equipment operator Raymondo Montanez, 10 years; building maintenance worker Doug Letcher, who recently retired after nearly nine years; Police Officer Stacey Mayo, 20 years; Battalion Chief Roger Dixon, 20 years; and Councilman Mark Wimpee. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)
Bus Changes
Here's a look at Kingman Area Regional Transit bus route changes made to provide more comprehensive service:

BLUE ROUTE

• Roosevelt Street at Airway Avenue

• KOA on Roosevelt Street at Kino Avenue

• Roosevelt Street at Gordon Drive

• Walleck Ranch Park on Willow Road

• Morrow Avenue at Burbank Street

• AIMS Building on Morrow Avenue

• Western Avenue at Hillcrest Drive

• Western Avenue at Kino Avenue

• MCC Nursing Department on Detroit Avenue

• Western Avenue at Airfield Avenue

Wickieup Avenue at Stockton Hill Road

YELLOW ROUTE

• Western Avenue at Hillcrest Drive

• Western Avenue at Kino Avenue

RED ROUTE

• Harrison Street between the Somerset Village assisted living center and Tivoli Heights Village apartments.


Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Get on the bus, Gus.

Saturday is Free Ride Day at Kingman Area Regional Transit.

The Blue route was recently modified to better serve residents in the area between Airway Avenue, Roosevelt Street and Gordon Drive, according to Public Transit Superintendent Sheri Furr.

She said regular Blue route riders can use Saturday to learn where the new stops are.

All KART buses will run during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Furr announced the fare-free day at Tuesday's City Council meeting, when Mayor Janet Watson and Council members voted unanimously to allow Furr to pursue grants that will help fund the bus system through the next fiscal year beginning July 1.

The fiscal impact to the city could vary from about $9,500 to $27,000, depending on the percentage of the grant match.

Furr seeks about $600,000 in federal transit grants, which includes the already-approved capital purchase of a new bus. Furr estimates revenue from fares at about $200,000 next year.

Revenue estimates for advertising have not been tallied, but the city will be able to keep 100 percent of whatever it earns next year rather than sharing revenue with the federal government as it has in the past, said Furr.

In other City Council news:

• T.R. Orr Inc. was awarded a contract worth nearly $300,000 to construct a sidewalk project adjacent to Railroad Street from Hualapai Mountain Road to Louise Avenue. Funding for the project is from a federal transportation enhancement grant.

• Council accepted a grant adjustment award for $12,000 on behalf of the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant will help pay overtime costs during highway enforcement operations.

• Council approved a six-lot subdivision that Councilman Mark Wimpee and his uncle, Earl Barger, have partnered to build on Southern Avenue east of Harrod Way.

Wimpee, who abstained from the discussion and vote in the matter, told the Miner his company will build semi-custom homes.

Raymond Stadler, the civil engineer on the project, said he had no objections with any of the conditions placed on development of the 1.21-acre tract.

The resolution passed 6-0.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: Really? Are you kidding?

@ Vicki Gibbons... They're bus drivers - not community babysitters. They pick you up and drop you off. So far, the drivers I come in contact with are professional and helpful. I think its a parents job to know where their children are. Especially if they have special needs. I for one enjoyed the free ride day and think KART is doing a great job. I'm grateful for the new stops. Thanks KART for being here!

Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Article comment by: vicki gibbons

Not happy with the free bus day. The bus dropped off my special needs child off downtown for KABAM knowing that there would be no more busses to bring him home. Now, I have to find a ride downtown to get him.

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014
Article comment by: What If?

The 100% of what the City earns and can keep next year, which Furr mentions, can it PLEASE be used for the City's sewer bill, so our rates can be reduced?



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