- a weekly column published in the Pioneer Press
During the past several months, the Siskiyou Local Transportation
Commission (LTC) has held several open meetings to determine unmet public transportation
needs. At my request, meetings were held in
Transit services are subsidized by Transportation Development Act (TDA) monies that come from a ¼ cent sales tax. The TDA monies also pay for roads and highway maintenance. When expenses for public transit go up, the road share goes down.
Each year the LTC determines the countys unmet needs for services. To qualify, a proposed service must be operationally feasible. The community must show that it accepts the proposed service and that it would serve a significant number of the population. It must also be economically feasible, demonstrating that the fares will pay for at least 15% of the costs the first year and 25% thereafter.
Currently, the STAGE
(Siskiyou Transit And General Express) operates a morning and evening commuter run to
Yreka. The service uses large buses. There is another round trip Hwy. 3 route mid-day and
one at close of school. These all stop at the
All the District 5 public
meetings identified a desire for a local dial-a-ride type service.
The LTC has just completed a survey of health and social services organizations to determine which are currently providing transportation. Schools and recreational organizations also have vans. In response to these unmet needs, the Commission has decided to have county Transportation Services Manager Tom Anderson look at available resources. Research what other places have done and try to find some creative options to be brought back to the LTC within the next six months.
The route from Happy Camp up the river to Yreka currently runs only Mondays and Fridays. An additional run to Happy Camp Happy Camp service for three times a day would require 52 additional passengers a day at 60cents a trip to meet minimum cost share.
Seniors identified a need to
make medical run routes to