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Old 07-16-2013, 02:36 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Staff seeks approval to authorize the GTA Board Chair to sign and execute the Clemson Service Contract currently in the City Legal Department. August 5 is the scheduled start-up date. The Clemson Connector route is a shuttle route that connects the Clemson University Greenville campuses (CUICAR, University Center, Project One and Reedy Falls Campus). The Clemson Service Route is for service back and forth between Greenville and Clemson University. GTA will use the Vehicle Acquisition Program to purchase the two vehicles for this service. VAP is a state grant that requires that the state contract be used to purchase vehicles. It is reimbursable at 83%. We have budgeted 17%. Clemson University is paying operations cost for the life of the one year contract which has an option to renew. The bus will stop at least once in Easley with no more than five stops. The total cost of the vehicles for the Clemson Service/Connector Route is $300,000. Staff will send the contract to all board members before the Chair signs the contract. The shuttle agreement will be consistent with our express bus system. Clemson University sought this service based on their demand. It will be commuter subsidized at standard fare; we anticipate $30,000 per year. Later we will look at zone fares. Marketing is crucial. CU will pay the deficit on an auditable monthly basis not to exceed $500,000. This is calculated to be 25% for supervisor and 25% for mechanic. This route will operate Monday through Friday. A public hearing is required. Federal funding is an option in the future. Our VAP funds would have expired June 30 of this year had we not obligated them. Buses used for this route must be manufactured in SC in order to get VAP funds. We are looking at obtaining some preventative maintenance from the Feds. The Board will receive a monthly update.

Mr. Matt Carter made a motion to authorize the GTA Board Chairman to sign the Clemson Service and Commuter Contract subject to Board/Legal review. Mr. James Smeaton seconded the motion. There is no opposition. The motion carries.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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Sounds like progress shuffling. Call me cynical if you'd like. But, I've never seen anymore than a dozen heads utilizing Greenlink Transit, even at so called peak hours. For the MBA's here....Do the math.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:34 AM
 
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Good to see them trying to move forward and giving those who can't afford cars some options. This could be useful for college students who don't have cars, but need to come to Greenville.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Upstate, South Carolina
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if people are responsible this will surely cut down on DUIS and drunks on the road if nothing else
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Sounds like progress shuffling. Call me cynical if you'd like. But, I've never seen anymore than a dozen heads utilizing Greenlink Transit, even at so called peak hours. For the MBA's here....Do the math.
You do realize Greenlink's fiscal year ended on Jue 1st in the black (surplus) right?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:43 AM
 
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You do realize Greenlink's fiscal year ended on Jue 1st in the black (surplus) right?
Show this crowd the link/offical number fella?
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Show this crowd the link/offical number fella?
Done: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/RideGree...ardMinutes.pdf It's on the second and third page.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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done: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ridegree...ardminutes.pdf it's on the second and third page.

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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You do realize Greenlink's fiscal year ended on Jue 1st in the black (surplus) right?
That just means they fell within budget. It doesn't mean it doesn't use a ton of tax dollars to pay for that budget, including federal grant money.

Working within your government budget is a totally different thing than being profitable, which is what your post implies.

Greenlink costs a lot of taxpayer $$$.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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That just means they fell within budget. It doesn't mean it doesn't use a ton of tax dollars to pay for that budget, including federal grant money.

Working within your government budget is a totally different thing than being profitable, which is what your post implies.

Greenlink costs a lot of taxpayer $$$.
Hmm... How would people that can't afford a car get to work and pay taxes if the bus system was not there? How would Greenville and the state pay for the infrastructure repairs needed if there were more cars using the roads?
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