What is Liberty Transit?
Liberty Transit is a new public bus system serving areas of Hinesville, Flemington, and Fort Stewart. The system is governed by a steering committee comprising the Mayors of Hinesville and Flemington, the Chairman of the Liberty County Commission, and a non-voting representative from Fort Stewart. Liberty Transit is staffed by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.
How will public transportation benefit the area?
Liberty Transit will provide transportation options for everyone within the service area. It helps people that cannot drive, such as youth, seniors and persons with disabilities, as well as military troops and families. The service benefits everyone by reducing traffic congestion and demand for parking, and helps to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts of automobile use.
How will the bus system be funded?
Liberty Transit will operate the system using a combination of federal transit funds, state and local funds, and fare revenue. Liberty Transit is also receiving federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which will provide the resources necessary for purchasing the buses, bus stop signs, and other equipment to begin operation. The City of Hinesville serves as the grantee for all federal funding for the system.
Where will the system operate?
The first year of service will include three routes operating in Hinesville, Flemington, and Fort Stewart. Bus stops during this first year of service will be located in downtown Hinesville, the Liberty Regional Medical Center, the Winn Army Medical Center, a public library, a post office, Wal-Mart, family housing and commercial areas on Fort Stewart, hotels and restaurants along US 84, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), the Health Department, the Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) Liberty campus, and the YMCA.
How frequently will the buses stop at each of the locations?
Buses will arrive about every 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the route and stop location.
How much will it cost to ride the bus?
One bus trip will cost $1.00. A half-fare ($0.50) service is available to all eligible passengers, such as Medicare cardholders, the elderly and persons with disabilities, as required by federal law. The half-fare service will be available on all regular routes.
What accommodations are made for individuals with special needs?
Each bus will be equipped with an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift and two wheelchair spaces. Buses will deviate from normal routes to provide curb-to-curb service for all eligible passengers who cannot access regular bus stop locations, as required by federal law. This deviation service will cost $2.00 for each one-way trip.
What other accommodations will the system include?
All buses will be outfitted with bike racks to accommodate alternative modes of transportation.
Who will manage the system's day-to-day operation?
After conducting a competitive proposal process in 2008, the Liberty Transit Steering Committee recommended Veolia Transportation as its preferred transit management firm to manage the system's operations and maintain all buses under an initial three-year term. The City of Hinesville will be responsible for planning and marketing the bus service, applying for federal funds annually, and coordinating system operations with Fort Stewart, employers and other stakeholders.
When will the bus system begin operation?
October 4, 2010.
Whom can I contact for more information?
Rachel Hatcher, Transit Coordinator at 912-408-2030 or email@example.com
Per federal regulations, the fares charged to elderly persons (sixty-two (62) years or older by the draft fare policy), persons with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders for non-peak travel periods cannot exceed one-half the fare that is charged for that same trip during the peak period. Personal care attendants may accompany an eligible transit service rider at no additional charge. In addition, children under five (5) years of age may ride with an accompanying adult at no charge. The draft fare policy states that eligible passengers can ride for half-fare during all regular service hours (rather than during peak periods only).