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TTA to offer service to Ceredo, Kenova

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- TTA plans to again offer a Ceredo-Kenova route, General Manager Paul Davis told the TTA board at its Wednesday meeting.

The service will begin July 1, after transit service from Wayne Express ceases. Under new federal funding guidelines, Wayne Express will no longer get federal funds to offer that service in Ceredo and Kenova, and it will end its C-K route on June 30, Davis said.

TTA seeks $2,500 each from Ceredo and Kenova, and then $5,000 from the Wayne County Commission, with plans to take over transit services in those communities. Kenova has already contributed.

"This will be a great move and help put TTA back into a regional transit system, along with Ironton," Davis said.

It will be an hourly service beginning at 6:10 a.m. each day and ending at 6:15 p.m. each evening.

There are folks in the community who will be "jumping for joy," board member Rebecca Thacker said, adding that she's gotten a number of phone calls from people interested in TTA service there.

"There are elderly down there who are frustrated," she said.

There was a C-K route in the past, but it was discontinued because management at the time expected more of a contribution from the municipalities, Davis said.

In other business, Davis reported to the board that TTA's year-to-date ridership was down 4.6 percent from the previous year, likely because of the termination in the free shuttle service. But he said revenue is up, and expenses are down. Year-to-date revenue is $56,803 over fiscal year 2012 and $67,892 more than budget, he said.

The board also got an update on the TTA's renovation project, which is expected to be completed by June. Interior drywall is finished, painting has begun, and window and carpet installation are coming up, along with dryvit work on the exterior. A dedication ceremony for the new facility is planned for July 26.

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