Scott County

Non-profit seeks to start Georgetown bus route

DanTran provides accessible transportation in Danville. Officials with Bluegrass Community Action hope to start a bus service in Georgetown.
DanTran provides accessible transportation in Danville. Officials with Bluegrass Community Action hope to start a bus service in Georgetown.

Bus routes may be coming to Scott County.

Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, a non-profit organization, is gathering feedback to determine if establishing a bus route in Scott County is warranted.

In general, positive feedback was received about the idea at a Wednesday public meeting, said Roger Kirk, director of transportation for BGCAP. Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, said about 30 to 40 people attended.

If implemented, the bus routes would circle around Georgetown, stopping at places such as Georgetown Community Hospital and downtown Georgetown. The routes would be flexible to accommodate more riders and anyone can ride, Prather said.

The Scott County bus routes would be funded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet through grant money. BGCAP plans to submit the grant applications to the state in April and grant status notification should be received in July, Kirk said.

The accessible transportation service includes a lift for mobility devices such as wheelchairs and for those who can’t navigate steps easily.

If the bus routes become a reality, BGCAP would be responsible for the buses. The transit system would be called GTran. BGCAP has also developed bus routes in Danville and Nicholasville. If there is enough money, a bus route from Georgetown to Frankfort and Georgetown to Lexington might be established, Prather said.

Prather is excited about the possibility of a public transit system in Georgetown, he said.

“It’s another step forward for a growing, thriving community to give some access to mass transit,” Prather said.

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