Study On Public Transportation Approved

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Members of the Payson town council didn't hesitate to unanimously approve a public transportation feasibility study at their Dec. 11 meeting.

"The feasibility study will help us understand the needs of the community in terms of public transportation," Councilor Robert Henley said. "We will understand more about traffic flows -- it has to be done. The public will also have opportunities to participate."

The $70,000 study will cost the town $2,800, Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett said.

"With the agreement, (the Arizona Department of Transportation) ADOT will pay 80 percent of the cost," Garrett said.

The town will use grant money to pay 80 percent of its 20 percent of the cost of the study.

"The LTAF II Grant comes from lottery money that is disbursed back to individual governments," Garrett said. "We didn't expect it. Our portion is about $19,000 and $12,000 will go toward the study."

Garrett said the town will be able to choose who does the study.

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