The Cherokee Area Transportation System will soon get a donation of two shuttle buses from the Georgia Department of Transportation Coastal Regional Commission. Pictured is a bus from its existing fleet. CHEROKEE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM via Facebook

Cherokee accepts bus donation, OKs new bus stops

Taking action on Cherokee Area Transportation System (CATS) matters, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners accepted the donation of two shuttle buses, added bus stops and approved a new software contract.

The Georgia Department of Transportation Coastal Regional Commission is donating two, 2014, wheelchair lift-equipped shuttle vans it no longer needs.

This makes possible “two part time drivers in place of the budgeted full-time driver in order to fill service gaps in the current demand response route … (and) will also reduce wait times to current riders,” staff said.

Commissioners also added Canton fixed-route bus stops at the Wal-Mart store at Holly Springs to Route 200, and at the Cherokee Professional Building on Ga. 140 to Route 100. The Marietta Road/Edwards Street and Coppermine Manor stops will be moved to Route 100.

Finally, commissioners named HB Software Solutions to provide “Q-Ryde” transportation management software at a hardware/software cost of $16,600 and an annual maintenance cost of $1,500 beginning in Year Two.

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