Crestview residents and officials brainstorm bus route improvements

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Residents Ruthie Blocker and Lisa Baughman discuss Crestview bus service with Ted Scholl of Okaloosa County Transit during a public bus workshop Tuesday afternoon.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 06:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Residents and city officials, along with Okaloosa County Transit management, have discussed ways of improving Crestview's bus routes if they continue operating past Nov. 4. That's the date the county will terminate routes 11 and 12 unless the cash-strapped city finds funds to match the county's share after state and federal grants.

More than a dozen residents and nine officials on Tuesday shared ideas during an informal gathering in the Crestview Community Center. Consolidating local service into one route; eliminating underused or closely located stops to expand service to unserved areas; eliminating duplicated service; and running smaller buses at slow times are among suggestions.

An essential service

Several residents described the importance of the bus service to their daily lives.

"I have to ride the bus. There is no choice for me," Winsome Houston said. "I'm legally blind and I can't drive anymore."

Linda Hermenitt took the bus to attend the workshop.

"I have to ride the bus," she said. "I don't have a vehicle. I've been to Wal-Mart, I've been to Villa Crest. I go to the library, and to LifePoint Church on the bus."

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