Crestview residents and officials brainstorm bus route improvements

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 06:25 PM.

Until she retired, Carol McPherson rode the bus every day to her jobs at Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

"I take it to Publix more than anywhere," McPherson said. "I don't have a car. I never had a drivers license in my life."

City Clerk Betsy Roy said during the county commission meeting at which Crestview's bus service was discussed, people said they would willingly wait an extra half-hour if the routes were consolidated.

However, Okaloosa County Transit coordinator Lani Birchett said changing or consolidating routes is a difficult process and "is not going to happen overnight."

A unique problem

City Planner Eric Davis said no other city in the county has to find funding to maintain bus services. The county wants at least $25,000, and possibly as much as $50,000, from Crestview to match its share, he said.

Roysaid a possible source could be increased gas tax revenue expected to begin coming to the city after Jan. 1, but she noted the same source also must fun city road repairs, which are several years behind.

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