Transit officials urged to provide bus service to Hopkins

September 25, 2012 

A pro-bus crowd grilled transit officials on service to southeast Columbia at a transportation sales-tax forum this week.

About 35 people attended a Bluff Road Park forum, among a series of community meetings Richland County officials scheduled on the Nov. 6 transportation sales-tax referendum. A second question on ballots will ask Richland County residents’ permission to borrow up to $450 million that would be repaid with the proceeds from the sales tax.

The tax would last 22 years. It would go for roads, bus service and a combination of sidewalks, bike lanes and nature trails.

Questions from the crowd Monday night trended toward the bus system, with many saying they want service around the Hopkins community in Lower Richland.

“The priority No. 1 here is the bus,” said resident James Porter, who said the county should have trimmed its wish list and set priorities.

Another contingent of people talked about the need to pave dirt roads.

-- Dawn Hinshaw

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