Ohio firm to study regional bus service

GLOVERSVILLE —The Common Council has approved two resolutions awarding the Regional Transportation Study to an Ohio-based company.

During the Feb. 28 meeting, the council approved awarding the study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio along with one authorizing a budget modification pertaining to the study.

The study was approved by the state Department of Transportation in January, and will look into the feasibility of creating a regional bus service in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

Six entities are involved in the proposed study— Fulton County, Montgomery County, Gloversville, city of Johnstown, city of Amsterdam and Fulton-Montgomery Community College — with Gloversville taking the lead on the project.

Currently, the area has transportation services provided by a series of public and private providers. They include the Gloversville Transit System, Amsterdam Transit System and Brown Coach Inc.

The city submitted a draft request for proposal to the state last spring to do a feasibility study on whether a regional public transportation system can be developed for Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The study will be reimbursed by the federal government at 80 percent and the state at 10 percent. Each of the six entities will share the remaining 10 percent, at a cost of $953.57 each.

The entire study was originally estimated at $60,000. The state Department of Transportation has approved awarding the study to RLS and Associated in the amount of $57,215.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Chad Fleck

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