Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mass Transit Service Delayed in Cookeville

A mass-transit bus service that was scheduled to start in Cookeville next week has been put off. Officials with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency say the start of the public transit bus service has been delayed because the buses won't be available on time. They say the service has been postponed from January 1st to February 1st, so the three 26-passenger buses can be delivered. When it DOES get started, the bus system will run a 10-mile loop around the city, stopping at designated points along the way. The agency received $178,000 in stimulus money for the first year of operation. Partners in the project are the city of Cookeville, Tennessee Tech University and the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Officials say they expect the service to provide transportation for up to 2,000 people.