CTA proposes drastic cuts in service after budget woes

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - People who use the bus system to get around the Coast may soon see their travel options a lot more limited. On Friday, the Coast Transit Authority released a proposal that could mean drastic cuts in services.

WLOX recently reported CTA received about $270,000 less money than it requested from city governments. Director Kevin Coggin said along with not getting that money, CTA is losing dollar for dollar federal matching funds.

Coggin sent WLOX what the CTA administration is recommending for how to deal with the budget shortfall.

-Eliminate Saturday service for West Gulfport (Route 38) and North Gulfport (Route 37).

-Eliminate Sunday service for all bus routes in Biloxi, Gulfport, D'Iberville and St. Martin.

-Eliminate Monday through Thursday service for Keesler (Route 24).

-Eliminate completely East Biloxi (Route 21).

The CTA administration is also looking at adjusting the timing for the North Gulfport route. Now before making any decisions on implementing any changes, CTA will host a series of public meetings. Those meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Biloxi Transit Center, November 12th,  1 pm to 3 pm

Gulfport Transit Center, November 13th, 1 pm to 3 pm

Gulfport Transit Center, November 19th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

D'Iberville City Hall, November 20th, 3 pm to 5 pm

Biloxi Transit Center, November 21st, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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