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COUNCIL HEARS TRPTA REPORT 1-18-12 LMS

Councilmen Jim Bockelman and Fred Waidely reported on a meeting they attended earlier this month in Idaho Falls with Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) personnel.

In addition to Bockelman and Waidely other Salmon representatives at the meeting were Lemhi County Commissioner John Jakovac, City Recreation Director Judy Barkley and JoAnn Wolters. Wolters and Barkley are the designated District Six co-coordinators for the Local Mobility Management Network committee of the Idaho Transportation Department.

Bockelman told the council he had attended the January 9 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners where TRPTA Executive Director Lynn Seymour had said the future of the company is basically unknown due to major increases in ICRMP insurance premiums, all the chaos in the world of grants as well as budgetary cut backs on revenues from Medicare and other financial resources. Bockelman said the report in Idaho Falls was a repeat of the information presented to the commissioners. He said TRPTA wants a local committee of representatives to research exactly what this community wants in transportation services. The company will weigh the wants against what TRPTA can afford and see how much money this community would be willing to raise in order to make the desired services possible.

Councilman Jim Kluesner also works as a TRPTA driver and he said there were several inaccuracies contained in a letter written to Barkley by the company regarding local services. He said there are more buses in service here than stated in the letter and many more miles are traveled per day than the company listed. Kluesner also said local TRPTA personnel have been left out of the loop of meetings and that local dispatch service has been cut in half.

Bockelman said he gets the impression TRPTA is trying to lump all their service communities together and doesn’t seem to understand rural needs.

Waidely and Bockelman will meet with the County Commissioners to determine the initial direction of committee formation and what first steps to take.




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