City OKs paying half of bus operating costs, demands seat on OCT board

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

OCT operations manager Barry Peterson said he would have to bring the council's request before the board.


Bus advertising

Helt also asked transit coordinator Lani Birchett why the sales representative of Pensacola-based Transit Advertising Limited, the advertising agency that places ads on county buses, hasn't contacted Crestview area businesses.

"She's certainly not doing a job for you and she's certainly not doing a job for us," Helt said. "Not one bus has one ad."

Helt suggested the city itself could solicit ads from area businesses and contribute the 50 percent advertising fee OCT pays its ad agency directly toward route 11 and 12 operating costs.

Helt also questioned why the city couldn't apply for its own state and federal transportation grants if it's going to be an equal partner in funding its bus routes.

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