NRoute sees increase in fares, number of riders

Published 11:00 am Thursday, January 26, 2012

Changes in NRoute’s routes received part of the credit Wednesday night for increased ridership and fares during the first four months of fiscal 2012.

NRoute executive director Evelyn Bumpers said ridership and revenues for the period also higher were than the same period a year earlier.

According to NRoute’s monthly statistics, 11,859 people used NRoute from October to January, 193 more than for the same period in 2011. Fares totaled $13,142 as opposed to $12,716 in 2011.

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“The difference in our route changes are starting to show, but we’ll need a few more months before we’ll know the real effect,” Bumpers said.

The route changes approved by the commission in October dropped several stops and added new ones, including the Warren County Health Department on Monroe Street, four stops on Clay Street, including a stop at the MEA medical clinic, and stops at medical clinics on Mission 66 and South Frontage Road and Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Services on Wisconsin Avenue.

In other action, the board:

• Approved financial reports.

• Discussed a plan to keep Tonya McDonald, the mobility manager for the seven-county central Mississippi Transportation District.

Bumpers said the mobility manager coordinates transportation needs throughout the district. She said McDonald’s $45,000-a-year salary was paid by stimulus funds, which will soon expire.

The board wants to meet with other transportation boards in the district to discuss paying 20 percent of her salary with the Mississippi Department of Transportation paying 80 percent.