City wins award for bus system

KINGMAN ­ The city of Kingman received an award from Gov. Janet Napolitano Friday for its accomplishment with the Kingman Area Regional Transit Service.

Napolitano presented the award to Mayor Monica Gates and Council Member Dave French during the 2005 Excellence in Rural Development Awards at the conclusion of the three-day Governor's Rural Development Conference in Oro Valley.

The award was given to KART for the category of Public Works, Facilities & Services ­ one of nine categories recognized.

French said that Kingman was recognized for the establishment of the public transit service and the accomplishments achieved.

"It's a piece of the city that wasn't here before," French said, adding that ridership using the public bus service increased from 40,000 to 54,000 this year.

KART was recognized for factors contributing to community development, including 36-percent of riders using the bus for accessing government and medical services and providing mobility for the elderly and disabled, he added.

Statistics noted for community contribution and economic development included 49-percent of ridership using the service for transportation to work and 40-percent taking the bus for shopping at local businesses.

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