On Monday, March 21, the Warner Robins City Council took another step forward in an effort to boost pubic transportation for its citizens. Warner Robins City Council voted to allocate $85,000 for the next two years–this year and next– which is aimed at covering the cost of leasing two new buses, hiring two more drivers, and putting cameras on the buses. Warner Robins, thirty minutes south of Macon with a steadily growing population of approximately 73,000 according to the Census, is becoming more diverse and populous by the year and the need to provide increased services for those without transportation has become evident in a city which is home to Robins Air Force Base.
Sheryl Frazier is the Executive Director of the Warner Robins Housing Authority in which she manages both the Housing Authority for both the city of Warner Robins and Houston County. Prior to accepting the Executive Director position here in Warner Robins Mrs. Frazier was the Executive Director of the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The Warner Robins Housing Authority has spent about $29,000 so far on leasing the first two buses, paying for gas, and hiring 4 part-time drivers.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to Warner Robins Housing Authority to manage its housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD also furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing and managing the properties.
Frazier spoke to Central Georgia’s largest television station, Macon and Warner Robins’ WMAZ-TV, and explained that the city will soon have more buses around town. Frazier further explains that “we find ourselves in a situation where we can not provide enough service.”
Warner Robins’ first-ever transit system is still going through growing pains entering only its fourth month of service. At the moment, there are limitations. The transit only runs Monday through Friday and not on the weekends. Additionally, two buses make 26 stops including Walmart, the Galleria Mall, and the Houston Medical Center.
Frazier tells WMAZ-TV that they are having trouble keeping up with the demand. She says an average of 15 to 20 passengers ride each day, which is significant considering each bus holds 16 people.
“The city benefits because people are able to seek and find employment,” Frazier explains.
Currently, the buses run Monday through Friday, and the fare is $1.50 each way. Frazier says they would like to add 15 more stops with the additional buses.