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Anderson City Council proposes modified highway bus route

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson City Council discussed a modified Highway 76 bus route at Tuesday's meeting, but the vote will be postponed until the next meeting.

According to city council, the route would take residents as far as Tri-County Technical College's Pendleton Campus but wouldn't get riders to Clemson University.

The new route is intended to partially replace the county's existing 4U route, which is served by Clemson Area Transit and is about to run out of grant funding.

For the new route, the city of Anderson would partner with the county and serve the route with city buses.

The future of bus service was discussed last year as well but got stuck in the council's planning and public works committee with no formal action from the panel.

When Tommy Duncan became chairman of the city council, he named his colleague, Gracie Floyd, as the 2014 leader of that planning committee. Last week, the panel met to make a recommendation about bus service.

"We're going to move on this one way or the other," Floyd said during that meeting. "We can't do anything by ourselves, but we can get this to council so a decision can be made. The people who use this bus need to know what is going to happen."

Unlike riders on the 4U route, riders on the U.S. 76 bus would be charged the same way they are on other city buses. It would be 50 cents for adults and young students, and 25 cents for Medicare card holders and the disabled.

Council member Cindy Wilson said she's had trouble getting information from Clemson Area Transit, and the U.S. 76 bus route's business model makes more sense for the county's needs.

Clemson Area Transit is free, and the system does not have fare boxes on any of its buses.  Anderson city transit director Keith Scotts said he estimates the fares on the U.S. 76 route will generate $20,000 toward covering the $250,000 annual estimated cost of the route. The total annual bill may be evenly divided by the city and county, and Tri-County Tech has committed $50,000 toward the bus bill at least once.

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