LIFT-Off Event offers more information on proposed new transit system in Perryville

A LIFT-Off Event will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 22 at the Catalyst Event Center.
A LIFT-Off Event will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 22 at the Catalyst Event Center.(KFVS)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 8:25 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:03 AM CDT
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PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - The Southeast Missouri Transportation Service is working with a group of community members to get a new public transit system up and running.

A LIFT-Off Event will be at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 22 at the Catalyst Event Center.

Area businesses, leaders and residents are invited to learn more about the transit system, take a ride on the bus or use the system during the day free of charge.

You can catch the bus at the event center, city parking lot, Perry Park Center, Perry Plaza or Walmart.

According to a release from the Community Counseling Center, LIFT, or Local, Individual and Family Transit, is a bus route for the city limits of Perryville.

It’s designed to hit low income areas, areas of retail, doctors and other community centers throughout the day. It will have four fixed stop locations, but can move up to a 1/4 mile from the normal bus route to pick up or drop off a rider.

The proposed cost is a $1 per ride, $3 for an all-day pass or $6 for a family day pass.

Currently, several organizations are still in the planning phase and submitted a grant in order to start a one-month pilot of the bus route in January. If they get the grant, the route will run for 30 days. After that, if it’s sustainable, they hope to start the route officially by the end of next spring.

“It’s very much trial and error for the first year of the route,” said Ginny Smith, director of operations for SMTS. “We take suggestions the first 6 months. We make modification as the route goes but that first year we try to say it’s a fluid process. You know, if we see that we’re running into transportation obstacles, we have a turning obstacle, we have a need that we’re not meeting, we make changes and advertise that change so everyone knows about the change.”

If the LIFT program comes to fruition, throughout the pilot program and especially the first 6 months to a year of the service, they are really looking for strong community feedback on how they can improve the route, what’s working, what’s different and how it is impacting the community.

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