THUNDERBOLT, Ga. (WSAV) – Chatham Area Transit (CAT) held two public meetings Monday to discuss the planned removal of 12 bus stops in Thunderbolt.
The route cuts were approved by CAT on Aug. 27 after they received complaints that the town was not paying for the service.
According to CAT, those 12 stops are outside of the tax district that fund their operations. The company says they are only lawfully allowed to operate within the tax district.
If Thunderbolt residents would like to restore bus services, CAT CEO Michael Brown says they need to opt-in to the special service district — a process that could take up to a year.
“It’s very frustrating because we are transportation and that’s what we do. We know how important it is to citizens of Chatham County,” Brown said, adding, “Some of our customers, they don’t have any other means of transportation, so the last thing we want to do is take away transportation from the people that we know need it.”
“We’ve gotten information from CAT and so now it’s going to have to be between the citizens and our council to work out whatever we can work out for the best of everyone,” said Geneva Golding, a Thunderbolt resident who attended one of Monday’s meetings.
The stops are scheduled to be removed on Oct. 12.
CAT says that stops on Falligant Avenue at the north entrance of Savannah State University are not in Thunderbolt and will remain in service.
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