Aug 31, 2011 6:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Expanded public bus service is on the way to Thibodaux.
Mayor Tommy Eschete told The Daily Comet that the new routes should be running in about 60 days.
The City Council approved a two-year agreement with Terrebonne Parish and Good Earth Transit in late 2010 for three 14-passenger buses that will run a five-or six-stop route within the Thibodaux city limits. Good Earth provides the buses, drivers, fuel and maintenance.
Eschete says Good Earth is still acquiring communications and fare-collection equipment. Bus stop shelters and benches also need to be placed. There are now Thibodaux stops at Nicholls State University and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
The estimated first-year cost to the city is about $90,000 with the rest coming from federal grants. The city will keep transit fees.