Buses arrive in Kingman for new transit program

The first two Kingman Area Regional Transit (KART) buses arrived in Kingman on Wednesday.

The KART buses will begin carrying passengers on two routes April 14, Beth Connor, Kingman's public transit coordinator, said.

"We took a giant step toward reality when Arizona Bus Sales delivered two vehicles at the Public Works Department," O'Connor said.

The buses still need to be registered and licensed before they can be driven.

O'Connor is completing interviews for five drivers.

No fares will be charged during the first two weeks.

The city wants to encourage people to try the buses.

The Kingman City Council approved fares of $1.50 one way and $2 for curb-to curb service.

Unlimited monthly rides cost $55 and a book of 20 rides is $25.

The curb-to-curb service will be provided to persons 60 or older and those with disabilities in areas away from the regular bus routes.

Applications for service can be obtained by calling the KART office at 753-8762

One route will begin downtown and the other will include Mohave Community College and the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

The routes will meet at Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Drive, according to current plans.

O'Connor said a third route is likely after ridership is established on the first 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 funding administered through the Arizona Department of Transportation, fares and advertising on the buses will cover other startup 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."

The KART system will serve city and county residents in about equal numbers.

City Councilman Dave French is the council liaison with KART's technical advisory group and is working with 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."