Tran­sit board asked to pre­pare re­port on con­di­tion of its as­sets for the feds

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

The Fed­eral Trans­porta­tion Agency is seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about both the Texarkana Ur­ban Tran­sit Dis­trict’s mo­bile and struc­tural as­sets in an ef­fort to gauge fu­ture fund­ing needs for the dis­trict.

Dur­ing the dis­trict’s reg­u­lar monthly Board of Di­rec­tors meet­ing Thurs­day, T-Line Trans­porta­tion Man­ager Nancy Hoehn told board mem­bers that the FTA seeks in­for­ma­tion on the con­di­tion on both the T-Line’s five-year-old Tran­sit Cen­ter on Texas Boule­vard and its 17-year-old main­te­nance build­ing on Elm Street—in ad­di­tion to ages of each of its 12 pas­sen­ger buses.

Hoehn said that once the FTA has this in­for­ma­tion from the dis­trict as well as from the rest of the tran­sit dis­tricts across the coun­try, the agency will be able to bet­ter man­age trans­porta­tion as­sets na­tion­wide. The re­port will need to be sub­mit­ted to the FTA by the end of this year.

In other busi­ness, Hoehn told board mem­bers that the dis­trict will need to sub­mit a five-year Re­gional Co­or­di­nated Trans­porta­tion Plan to the Texas Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion by the end of the month.

TxDOT wants the dis­trict to sub­mit a plan that gauges what it will need to do to best serve bus tran­sit de­pen­dent users— such as se­nior adults, dis­abled mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, dis­abled res­i­dents in gen­eral and low in­come res­i­dents de­pen­dent on fed­eral hous­ing five years from now.

Fol­low­ing some dis­cus­sion, board mem­bers ap­proved both plans.

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