The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio. (Leader-Herald March 6, 2017).

The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017, to look into the feasibility of creating a regional public transportation system in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Six entities were involved in the study: Fulton County, Montgomery County, the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown, city of Amsterdam, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College, with Gloversville as the lead agency.

The study was to be reimbursed by the federal government at 80 percent and the state at 10 percent. Each of the six entities was to share the remaining 10 percent, at a cost of $953.57 each. DOT approved awarding the study to RLS and Associates for $57,215.

A draft final report dated October 2018, was submitted to the six entities.

As Gloversville was designated the lead agency, the Gloversville Common Council should take the lead in evaluating and implementing the regional service models presented in the feasibility study.

Former member of the Gloversville Transit Commission.

WALLACE TRUESDELL

Gloversville