JETS and NEAT working on a solution to overlapping routes - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

JETS and NEAT working on a solution to overlapping routes

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Puna lava flow front widens to 100 yards, continues towards Pahoa

    Puna lava flow front widens to 100 yards, continues towards Pahoa

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-09-17 08:09:05 GMT
    The Puna lava flow has advanced forward another 270 yards since Monday, and according to officials the active edge of the surface flow is making its way through the northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads across a vacant parcel. Officials say the front of the flow is approximately 100 yards wide.
    The Puna lava flow has advanced forward another 270 yards since Monday, and according to officials the active edge of the surface flow is making its way through the northwest corner of Kaohe Homesteads across a vacant parcel. Officials say the front of the flow is approximately 100 yards wide.
  • MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties runs into school cafeteria

    MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties runs into school cafeteria

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
    MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and
    A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch.
  • Oops! Wrong number: scam artist dials sheriff's deputy

    Oops! Wrong number: scam artist dials sheriff's deputy

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:39:50 GMT
    The man on the other end of the line claimed he was a Publishers Clearing House representative and that Dustin Norwood had won $2.5 million dollars and a 2015 Mercedes Benz C Class automobile. What the caller did not know is Norwood is a deputy with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.
    The man on the other end of the line claimed he was a Publishers Clearing House representative and that Dustin Norwood had won $2.5 million dollars and a 2015 Mercedes Benz C Class automobile. What the caller did not know is Norwood is a deputy with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Jonesboro Economic Transit System and the North East Arkansas Transit are working on ways to coordinate between their transit routes.

JETS serve the city of Jonesboro while NEAT services those in the county or rural areas. This week a few passengers were unable to be picked up because they were outside JETS service area but still within city limits.

"We've got a real good opportunity right now that will provide a lot better transportation for people in the region of east Arkansas," said Steve Ewart, transit director for JETS. 

"Every once and a while you have a few situations where our service zones and their service zones have some degree of overlap and we've got to be real careful how we work through those."

JETS recently found out NEAT was picking up passengers within city limits transporting them to places JETS typically serve. Ewart said that's when he wanted to sit down with NEAT and come up with a plan.  

"There are some areas in Jonesboro that we cant serve because we don't have the local funding for," Ewart said. "They can operate in those areas that JETS doesn't operate."

It only becomes a problem when NEAT and JETS cover some of the SAME areas.

"What NEAT's limits are, they are not to initiate a trip within our service zone," he said. "If we don't operate within that zone, NEAT is not only allowed to but we encourage NEAT to operate within those zones."

Ewart said they are working on less than a dozen cases that involve people who live in between service areas.

"We don't want them to be in the dark, we don't want them to be confused, we don't want them to be frustrated," Ewart said. "There might be a person who lives within our service area but who needs to be served in an area outside our service area."

Most of those areas are health related services. Ewart said he spoke to Mayor Perrin Friday to inform him of the problem and to come up with possible solutions.

"That's what we are doing right now, just trying to make sure that people get the transportation that they need and deserve," Ewart said. 

Ewart said the process is ongoing and they will continue to work with NEAT to develop a plan.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.