City Council Gives Nod to Transit Plan

December 2, 2003 - Posted at 8:22 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - In a newly released survey by Arkansas State University officials, 73 percent of Jonesboro residents said they want a mass transit system for the area.

That 73 percent should be glad to hear that the Jonesboro City Council last night voted to go ahead with a proposed plan for a transit system.  On a 7-5 vote, aldermen approved an appropriation of $130,000 per year for the next three years to help pay for the project.

Supporters of the plan say it's a big step, but only a step.  "The next step would be getting an operator, looking at routes...things like that," said Northeast Arkansas Regional Transit Authority chairman Steve Ewart.

After a three-year study, Jonesboro citizens will then be allowed to vote as to whether or not to keep the transit system in place.  If kept, residents of the city will pay for it with an added sales tax.