Herndon brings up public transportation in council meeting Monday
Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon officially addressed his city’s council last night about the city possibly creating its own public transportation system.
This comes after WVUA 23 News brought the fact Northport residents are having trouble getting to their job placements in Tuscaloosa to Herndon’s attention last week.
“I have challenged the staff to hire an independent contractor to report, to dig in to see if public transportation would be the way to go for Northport,” Herndon said.
Labor Finders, a job placement service in Tuscaloosa, says a number of people they place at work sites are located in Tuscaloosa.
The problem is many of them live in Northport and don’t have personal transportation to get there, causing some strain on local businesses who are looking for workers.
Herndon hopes the city could change that.
“A consultant can tell us if it’s feasible, how much it would cost if it would be beneficial to our citizens,” Herndon said. “The No. 1 thing is, would it be helpful to our citizens?”
District 1 Northport City Council Member Christy Bobo said she is already on board with the idea.
“I enjoyed hearing Mayor Herndon’s suggestion of a bus system, a transit system coming to the city of Northport,” Bobo said. “If we can find the funding for it, I know it would help a lot of people. There are people who not only need to get to temporary jobs or job sites but, also people who need to get to healthcare or to pick up groceries. We have so many citizens in our community that that would benefit, i think its a great idea.”
The next step, Herndon said, is to continue talking with the council and send out requests for proposals from consultants to conduct a study.