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City cancels contract with Lawrence for public bus service

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus has cancelled its contract with Lawrence Transit System for public bus service. Mayor Robert Smith told The Commercial Dispatch that he informed LTS coordinator Dorothy Dowdell of the city’s decision. Smith says he will be talking with representatives of three other companies regarding a public transportation service. Smith says he will then talk with ...

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Ground broken for public transit maintenance facility

CHOCTAW — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) have broken ground for the Choctaw Regional Maintenance Facility. The 13,960-square-foot comprehensive regional maintenance center will be constructed by the tribe on tribal lands. The facility will provide services for tribally owned transit vehicle, tribal fleet vehicles and other public transit operated vehicles located ...

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Cities going in different directions on public transit system

STARKVILLE and VICKSBURG — One city is preparing to open a new public transportation system while another city is struggling to keep its system running. A proposed public transportation system linking the entire Starkville community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, according to ...

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MDOT approves funds for 'SMART' bus system

STARKVILLE — State transportation officials have approved $2 million for a three-route bus system connecting the city of Starkville to the Mississippi State University campus. It will be called Starkville MSU Area Rapid Transit or SMART. “This is a long-term commitment between the federal government, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Mississippi State University to manage this transit system,” said ...

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Metropolitan planning organizations get funding

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — More than $15 million in federal funding will be made available to local officials for use by the metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) throughout the state, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). The money is made available through the federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) for federal fiscal year 2011. The surface transportation program provides funding that ...

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City looking to resume public transit system

STARKVILLE — The City of Starkville is looking at reviving its public transit system. The Commercial Dispatch reports the target date for getting the system operating is January 2013. The system would service city residents and Mississippi State University. Officials say a 10-member committee is collecting data for a grant application, which will be submitted to the Mississippi Department of ...

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