Transit coordinator gearing up for start of bus service in Kingman

Kingman's transit coordinator is trying to iron out details of fares, routes and stops before the first Kingman Area Regional Transit bus runs April 7.

"The three buses have been purchased and are being built," Beth O'Connor said.

"Arizona Bus Sales will deliver the buses and train our drivers and mechanics in March."

The two routes will include Mohave Community College and the Kingman Airport Industrial Park and will meet at Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Drive.

A third route is likely, according to O'Connor.

During a Tuesday meeting, the city's Transit Advisory Committee decided on fare recommendations for the Kingman City Council.

The committee recommended a basic fare of $1.50 per ride each way.

A monthly pass for unlimited rides would cost $55 and a book of 20 rides would cost $25.

Curb-to-curb service would cost $2 each way for persons 60 or older and disabled persons.

An application form for those people must be developed by Jan.

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Kingman Area Regional Transit (KART ) is contacting employers and government agencies about service for specific groups of riders.

Curb pickup service will be available anywhere within three quarters of a mile of either of the two routes.

O'Connor said federal funds cover 93 percent of the $58,783 cost of two buses and 80 percent of the third bus.

Other funds come from the Arizona Department of Transportation, fares and advertising on the buses will cover other start-up and administrative costs this fiscal year.

"No Kingman city general fund money will be needed this year," O'Connor said.

"We are working with Mohave County to add support, especially in the next budget year."

KART will serve city and county residents about equally, she added.

City Councilman Dave French is the council liaison with the Transit Advisory Committee and Mohave County.

The county did fund a portion of the original transit study that outlined the procedures for start-up.

"There were not too many who expected this transit system to become a reality when I brought it up three years ago," French said.

"It will meet a real need in Kingman."

Dave Barber, deputy director of the Western Arizona Council of Governments, is chairman of the Transit Advisory Council.

He has assisted Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and various county service agencies with public transportation.

Barber has been selected for ADOT training to monitor bus usage and gather data as a guide funding for replacement vehicles.