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LEMHI RIDE UPDATE 4-14-14 LMS

The Lemhi Ride bus service is running on a three days per week schedule according to a report received by the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday April 14.

JoAnn Wolters of the Local Mobility Management Committee told the board the District Six Coordination Council (DCC) has voted to recommend Lemhi Ride for Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) funding. The money would be used to fund the Lemhi Ride local public transportation system as of April 1, 2015. Results of the FTA grant application are expected April 24.

Wolters said that at that same District Six DCC meeting the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) officially cancelled its funding request for 2015. It will continue its present local service until April 1, 2015.

She said with the guidance of District Six Mobility Manager Jeff Osgood, Tammy Stringham, Executive Director of the Lemhi County Economic Development Association, has submitted a grant application to fund securing the services of a consultant to outline a successful public transportation program. The consultantís role would be to consolidate the separate local transportation needs and develop an efficient program for the most service and least cost.

In other transportation business Wolters said a Request for Proposals (RFP) on producing a feasibility study regarding trail systems for north and south of town will be released April 18. The next step will be an RFP to engineer the project. She also said a grant has been submitted by the Youth Employment Program to build networking trails and pathways around the county, city and on federal lands.

Another project is a proposal to purchase an easement for a public access trail from Discovery Hill to Carmen Creek.

Wolters said the Earth Day Discovery Hill cleanup of trails enjoyed great support with over 50 people showing up for the work day.

Wolters also told the commissioners that the committee is looking for a new local Alternate Mobility leader to take her place. She said that as a representative of the Public Transportation Advisory Council for District Six she needs to be arms-length from the decisions being made locally.


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