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A plan to build at least 18 new bus shelters in Columbia is moving forward after last night’s city council meeting.

The Council voted unanimously to approve the project after a public hearing with 10 speakers - almost all in support of the plan. The city will use $570,000 funds from the federal and local grants to build the shelters.

Columbia transit bus
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The Columbia City Council is considering hiring a consultant to help combat the continuing decline in city bus ridership.

The Public Works Department added new bus routes in August to serve more people in the Columbia area, but now city council members are reevaluating how transportation funding should be allocated.

The city currently has a half-cent transportation sales tax that provides funding for the transit system as well the Columbia Regional Airport and road repair.

Columbia bus
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The city of Columbia plans to begin its new configuration of bus routes on August 4. The expansion to the public transit system has the city looking into the possibility of adding new sustainable bus shelters along the new routes.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol's annual inspection report showed that the state’s school bus safety approval rating is at a four year low.

Since 2011, a yearly average of around 12% of buses statewide failed to pass initial inspections.  This year, the number has increased to 15%.

CPS investigates First Student bus driver after arrest

Mar 18, 2014
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  Columbia Public Schools were notified Friday, March 14 and began investigating an incident where a bus driver hit a Shepard Boulevard Elementary School student inside the bus.

As soon as Shepard Boulevard Elementary School heard about the incident, the principal began reviewing surveillance tapes capturing the incident inside the bus. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson, Michelle Baumstark, says, it was at this point that the principal felt it was necessary to notify Columbia police.

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Columbia Public High Schools to start later next year

Mar 12, 2013
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High school students in Columbia Public Schools will begin school a bit later in the upcoming school year.

Columbia's Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approved a new three-tier transportation system, which will stagger school start times for the upcoming school year.

All middle schools, as well as seven of the district's elementary schools, will begin school at 7:20 a.m. The remaining elementary schools will begin at 8:20 a.m., and high schools will start at 9 a.m.

New bus route to Columbia Farmers Market

Apr 9, 2012

Last Saturday was the first day of a new bus route that takes passengers from the University of Missouri Student Center to the Columbia Farmers Market.

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Columbia Transit is looking to cut around $1 million from its budget in fiscal year 2013.

Newscast for February 6, 2012

Feb 6, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Lawmaker wants to allow school districts lease advertising space on buses
  • Public schools celebrate Black History Month
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A Missouri lawmaker wants to let school districts lease advertising space on buses to help cover transportation costs.