Public transit could be coming to Statesboro

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The City of Statesboro is conducting a study to determine whether public transportation would work in the area.

This study is being called the Transit Feasibility Study. Jason Boyles, Director of Public Works and  Engineering, told  News 3 this study is due to the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum, which was approved last May. 

“The impetus to why we’re doing this study is to look at the needs of Statesboro, and how we can serve that segment of the population,” Boyles said. 

He also said the study partly depends on public feedback, which can be given through an online survey on the city’s website

However, Mayor Jonathan McCollar said this survey and study are about more than just transportation.

“More specifically what I’m looking to do is support economic growth in the city. So the way I look at this is, a economic development strategy to boost the economy in Statesboro,” McCollar said. 

He also added that potentially having public transportation would help the Statesboro economy for two specific reasons. 

“The first reason is A, to go make money or B, either go spend money,” McCollar said. 

McCollar said transit would allow for people to go freely between their homes, school or jobs, and support some of the small business in the area. 

The results of the study will be finished in the spring of 2019.

If residents of Statesboro want to voice their opinions about transportation in the area, they will have the opportunity on Tuesday, Nov. 27. A transit feasibility open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jones Love Cultural Center (121 MLK Jr. Dr.).

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