PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
RURAL AREA PROGRAM
The Board of Directors of Community Development Inc., of Richton, Mississippi, is considering applying to the Mississippi Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division, for assistance through its Rural Area Program to provide public transportation services within Perry, Greene, Wayne, George, Jones, Forrest, Lamar, Covington, Pearl River, Marion, Lauderdale, Rankin Winston and Harrison Counties. Funding is available to state agencies, local public bodies and agencies thereof, non-profit organizations operators of public transportation services in locations other than urbanized Area, and, under special circumstances, private operators of public transportation on a competitive basis to undertake eligible transportation activities.
The goals of the Rural Area Program are: to enhance the access of people in non-urbanized Area to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services and recreation; to assist in the maintenance, development, improvement, and use of public transportation systems in rural and small urban Area; to encourage and facilitate the most efficient use of all Federal funds used to provide passenger transportation in non-urbanized Area through the coordination of programs and services; and to provide for the participation of private transportation providers in non-urbanized transportation to the maximum extent feasible.
The purposes for which these funds can be used are capital purchases that include such items as support vehicles, communication equipment, wheelchair lifts, etc.; administrative costs that include such items as salaries, office supplies, insurance, etc.; and operating expenses that include such items as driver’s wages, fuel, oil, etc. More specific details regarding eligible activities, program requirements and the program criteria will be provided at a public hearing which will be held at 109-A Elm Ave. Richton, MS 39476 on January 31st, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
The purpose of this hearing will be to obtain citizen input into the development of the application.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY
All interested public and private transit and paratransit operators with Perry, Greene, Wayne, George, Jones, Forrest, Lamar, Covington, Pearl River, Marion, Lauderdale, Rankin, Winston and Harrison Counties, are hereby advised that the Community Development Inc. is applying to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Division, Jackson, Mississippi, for a grant under 49 U.S.C. 5311 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, for the provision of public transportation services. Service (is being) (would be) operated with Perry, Greene, Wayne, George, Jones, Forrest, Lamar, Covington, Pearl River, Marion, Lauderdale, Rankin, Winston and Harrison Counties. This program consists of Rural General Public. The purpose of this notice is to advise all interested transit and paratransit operators of the proposed services for the general public within the area (as) described above, and to ensure that such a project would not represent a duplication of current or of proposed services provides by existing transit or paratransit operators in the area.
Comments either for or against this service by such public, private and paratransit operators will be received at any time within 15 days from the date of this notice. All comments should be addressed to Community Development Inc. P.O. Box 689, Richton, MS 39476.
*Note: In description of service, it should be clearly indicated that the program is to provide a new service and/or to include an existing service, the environmental impact (if any), and any relocation which may result from the project.