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Notice of Opportunity for a Public Hearing

Re:  City of Lubbock/Citibus grant applications for the 2016 fiscal year (October 2015-September 2016):

-       Section 5307 formula funding for operating, planning and capital projects

-       Section 5310 funding for operating and vehicle replacement

-       Section 5339(a) funding for vehicle replacement

-       Section 5339(b) funding for vehicle replacement

-       TIGER Discretionary Grant for facility renovation/expansion

Notice is hereby given that an opportunity for a public hearing will occur in conjunction with the Lubbock Public Transit Advisory Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 12:00pm at the Citibus Conference Room, 801 Texas Avenue.  The purpose of this hearing is to consider financial assistance under the Federal Transit Act of 1964, as amended, for the following programs:                                             

Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grant Funds – The 5307 program cost is estimated at $4,692,982, of which $3,148,669 will be provided by FTA Section 5307 funds and $913,897 as local match. TxDOT will contribute $630,416 for operating assistance as well. This funding will be used for preventive maintenance, non-fixed route ADA services, operating, planning, Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC) funding and miscellaneous capital improvements including passenger amenities and security upgrades.

Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Funds – This program cost is estimated at $263,529, of which $203,640 will be provided by the FTA and $59,889 as local match.  These funds will be used to purchase ADA Paratransit vehicle(s), fund a Mobility Manager and to subsidize CitiAccess extended service area trips and the NiteRide service costs.

Section 5339(a) Bus & Bus Facilities Funds – This program cost is estimated at $309,500 and a request has been submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation for the award of 61,900 Transportation Development Credits that will serve as the local match. The funds will be used to purchase ADA Paratransit vehicle(s) and Transit Supervisor vehicle(s) to replace other outdated ADA Paratransit vehicles and Transit Supervisor vehicles that have surpassed their useful life.

Section 5339(b) Bus & Bus Facilities Funds – Citibus will seek $3,500,000 in federal discretionary funding, with local match provided with Transportation Development Credits awarded by the Texas Transportation Commission.  The funds, if awarded, will be used to purchase seven buses; four forty-foot buses and three thirty-five foot buses, which will replace outdated route buses

TIGER Discretionary Grant – Citibus will seek $20,000,000 in federal discretionary funding with $5,000,000 in local match.  The funds, if awarded, will be used to renovate and eventually expand the existing Administrative/Maintenance facility.

Interested individuals may submit recommendations or comments orally or in writing before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016. Written comments may be addressed to Citibus Compliance Department, PO Box 2000, Lubbock, Texas, 79457; emailed to cmandrell@citibus.com; or faxed to 806-712-2012. Oral comments may be made by calling 806-712-2002. Written documentation on the above projects is available at the Citibus offices, 801 Texas Avenue.

This meeting is available to all persons regardless of disability.  If you require special assistance, please contact Citibus at 806-712-2002 or write to: Citibus Compliance Department, PO Box 2000, Lubbock, Texas, 79457, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

 

New Route to the DPS Every Wednesday Runs From 9:20 am -4:50 pm

Citizens of Lubbock will now have the opportunity to ride Citibus to the DPS located at 1404 Lubbock Business Park Blvd. Suite 100, from Citibus Downtown Transfer Plaza (DTP) located at 801 Broadway.

 The new bus route will begin on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 and run only on Wednesday’s, which is the least congested day for the DPS.  If the demand of the route is supported by the public, it has a potential to expand to more days in the future.

The round trip cost is $3.50, which is the regular price of an all-day bus pass or a one way trip is the regular fare of $1.75.

The new route will also include stops at the Kings Dominion Housing Development located at 910 N. MLK Blvd.

Below is a listing of time points for this new service.

Depart  from DTP

Kings Dominion

Arrive to DPS

Arrive DTP

9:20 AM

9:28 AM

9:35 AM

9:50 AM

9:50 AM

9:58 AM

10:05 AM

10:20 AM

10:20 AM

10:28 AM

10:35 AM

10:50 AM

10:50 AM

10:58 AM

11:05 AM

11:20 AM

11:20 AM

11:28 AM

11:35 AM

11:50 AM

11:50 AM

11:558 AM

12:05 PM

12:20 PM

12:20 PM

12:28 PM

12:35 PM

12:50 PM

12:50 PM

12:58 PM

1:05 PM

1:20 PM

1:20 PM

1:28 PM

1:35 AM

1:50 PM

1:50 PM

1:58 PM

2:05 PM

2:20 PM

2:20 PM

2:28 PM

2:35 PM

2:50 PM

2:50 PM

2:58 PM

3:05 PM

3:20 PM

3:20 PM

3:28 PM

3:35 PM

3:50 PM

3:50 PM

3:58 PM

4:05 PM

4:20 PM

4:20 PM

4:28 PM

4:35 PM

4:50 PM

   

STAND UP 4 TRANSPORTATION #SU4T April 9, 2015

Stand Up 4 Transportation logoInfrastructure is the collection of physical facilities that permit business and commerce to exist and flourish. It comprises all of the variously interconnected systems and services that serve as the underpinning of society; those that facilitate our daily activities and those that promote our collective engagement in commerce.

Despite its importance, the only time we generally think about infrastructure is when it fails or is absent – the collapse of a bridge, contamination of a water supply, a sustained power blackout, insurmountable and costly traffic congestion, failure of a communications network, or overcrowded buses and trains in communities unable to afford to maintain a state of good repair. We completely ignore infrastructure when it works as intended, and we complain mightily when it doesn't. Our nation needs to continually modernize and maintain its infrastructure to make the United States an attractive place for businesses to operate and for people to live. This requires collective action and sustained public investment in infrastructure notably at the federal level.

The individual resolve and advocacy by our congressional leaders for a long-term transportation funding bill has not resonated because it has not resulted in collective action by Congress in this crucial area that is so important to its citizens. The current transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), was a two year bill that authorized $10.6 billion in FY 2013 and $10.7 billion in FY 2014 for federal transit programs administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). MAP 21 also authorized just over $40 billion annually for highway programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration. MAP 21 authorized a variety of programs that address different transportation needs, specified how funds can be used and set formulas for their distribution. It did not provide any increase in dedicated funding for public transit or highways, despite the fact that current dedicated revenues going into the Highway Trust Fund will not fully fund even current levels for public transit or highway programs in future years. Current dedicated funding falls far short of what is needed to provide a long-term dedicated revenue source to fund the growth of those programs.

The MAP-21 law was set to expire on September 30, 2014. Congressional action was required to extend or modify programs and provide authority to fund MAP-21 programs supported by the Highway Trust Fund. In July, 2014, Congress extended MAP-21 provisions until May 31, 2015. The transportation industry, in near unanimity, is advocating for a long-term, sustainable and reliable transportation funding bill; not another short-term extension of MAP 21. The industry has made a strong case with Congress that the lack of a long-term federal funding bill results in tremendous uncertainty at the local level in terms of transportation project planning and it discourages private sector investment based on risks associated with no long-term funding commitment by the federal government.

 

FOUR LISD TV Students announced as Winners in the Citibus Video Contest

Citibus has partnered with LISD TV at Byron Martin. Many of Lubbock's future leaders are being shaped daily through LISD's Career & Technical Education program. We believe in our youth and their contributions, so over the next couple of months, they will be working on a new "How To Ride" Citibus video. To learn more about this program click on this link.