Floyd County expected to join SITS
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
The Harrison County Board of Commissioners was notified at its final meeting of 2020 that Floyd County is expected to get on board with the Southern Indiana Transit System, which is operated by Blue River Services Inc.
Roland Lemus, transportation services director, was joined by transportation manager Diane Hatfield at the meeting to let the commissioners know that in the future they may see Floyd County appear on financial reports.
Currently, SITS serves residents in Harrison, Crawford, Scott and Washington counties.
Lemus said some Floyd County officials tried to join the system, which receives fuuding through a state grant, in 2005, 2006 and 2007 but failed each year by one vote. The state told them not to ask again for a while, he said.
Now, elected officials there believe they have a majority who want to be a part of SITS, which has Harrison serving as the home county for the grant.
“If all goes well and it gets voted in,” Lemus said Floyd County would become the fifth to participate in fiscal year 2022.
“This would financially benefit Harrison County,” Lemus said, with some Floyd County residents using the system to come into Harrison County for services and shopping.
There are about 63 rural transportation systems throughout the state, according to Lemus, and the Indiana Dept. of Transportation would like to get it in those few counties where it doesn’t exist.
“There’s no financial commitment from Harrison County,” said Lemus, who really just wanted to make sure the commissioners were aware that Floyd County hopes to come on board.
Hatfield said their drivers are “highly trained.”
SITS is available for use by any resident, who pays a fee to ride the bus.
The commissioners, meeting in special session on Dec. 30, voted 3-0 in favor of Floyd County joining the group.
At the time of the meeting, Blue River Services was in need of a new mechanic.