Crestview residents and officials brainstorm bus route improvements

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

Barry Peterson, Okaloosa County Transit’s operations supervisor, said fares do not come close to covering the bus operating expenses.

Resident Kenny Fuller, a regular bus rider, said he believed that it was unfair to expect the city to pay for the buses. Like roads, they're an essential service, he said.

"The city, it's not their job to fund the buses, and they don't have the money anyway," Fuller said. "The buses are like roads. You don't make any money paving the roads."

However, Elliott Kamper, the county’s growth management director, said city funding is probably the only thing that will save the Crestview bus routes.

"Strategically, the best thing that could happen is for the city council to agree to fund 50 percent of the cost," Kamper said.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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