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Quincy bus service to continue

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By Robert Allen

The City of Quincy made a decisive step in their latest consideration of public transportation options during the regular July 8 meeting. 

Big Bend Transit currently operates the bus service for the city. Quincy pays $38,000 for the service and the county matches that amount. Quincy commissioners have expressed a desire to find a less expensive alternative.

Dr. Bernard Piawah, director of building and planning, presented the city staff’s latest study of the matter to the commissioners. 

According to Piawah, he rode the bus twice, once on July 1 and once on July 2.During the first trip, the director met two patrons. One was a regular rider, using the bus on a daily basis. The other could not be interviewed in English. 

On the second trip, Piawah met the regular rider again. But he also met a first-time rider. According to the city staff’s report in the July 8 agenda, the first-time rider “was very pleased that the service was available to take him to the hospital.” 

Alfonso Figgers spoke later in the evening, seconding the first-time rider’s sentiment. 

“I think the citizens do need that service here in the city of Quincy,” said Figgers. 

After Piawah concluded his findings, the commissioners only briefly discussed the topic, having dedicated much thought to public transportation during previous meetings. 

“I would like to move forward with it,” said Commissioner Andy Gay, citing the amount of time the topic had been under consideration. 

Gay motioned to accept the city staff’s recommended course of action: approving the distribution of a request for proposals seeking a company that can provide busing services in Quincy. Commissioner Micah Brown seconded Gay’s motion. It passed unanimously.