Warner Robins transit routes proposed

WARNER ROBINS -- Consultants working on a study of how a public transit system might work in Warner Robins gave a first look Thursday at a proposed route system.

The consultants emphasized the four, color-coded routes were part of a draft proposal, and they invited the handful of residents at the public hearing to draw some routes of their own.

The routes included one that would run along Watson Boulevard from the Galleria mall in Centerville to Robins Air Force Base. Another would run from the Galleria to Leverette Road and Russell Parkway, ending at the Wal-Mart at Russell and Booth Road.

“Wal-Marts are public transit gold mines,” consultant Glen Waters said.

A third route would run from the Galleria down South Houston Lake Road to Ga. 96. The fourth would run along Davis Drive from Russell to just north of Green Street and would also go down Green Street and part of North Houston Road.

The meeting, held at Middle Georgia Technical College, was the second meeting on the transit study being funded by the Warner Robins Area Transportation Study, mostly with a $100,000 federal grant.

The study looked at an area that included Houston County and part of Peach County, including Byron.

Another option proposed by the consultants is an express bus service that would move riders from “park and ride” locations to the base without stops in between.

The meeting was the second one in connection with the study. Another is planned in August when more details of the potential costs will the outlined.

The consultants showed figures from an examination of transit systems in nine cities similar to Warner Robins, including Macon and Columbus. The fare income from those nine systems showed on average that rider fares paid only about 15 percent of the costs of operating the system, with the rest coming from tax dollars, federal funds, bus advertising or other sources.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.