Benton-Franklin Transit: Bringing Back Sunday Service?

<p>BFT Public Hearing</p>

BFT Public Hearing

Public transit in the Tri-Cities could be boosting it's service soon.

More than 40 people attended a Benton-Franklin Transit(BFT) public hearing today, all of whom prefer bringing back Sunday service and extending night service as well.

Five years ago, Sunday transit was discontinued because the money from sales tax revenue simply was not there.

Now, there are more funds, so service could be re-instated.

The Trans Plus Service, which provides call-ahead curb-to-curb taxi service in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland for $3 each way, now operates between 7-12 at night. Those hours would extend to 2am, as well as Sunday from 8am to 6pm.

The possibility makes Carole Hardacre, who has limited vision, very happy. "It's a day to be able to go to church, or to a special function, to go visiting, potluck, square dancing, which I love to do, but on this limited service, it's very hard for me to get around."

BFT Marketing Director Christy Watts says "If they didn't have public transportation, many of our clients wouldn't have any way to get around and that is really a quality of life issue. Now that the purse strings have loosened up a little, and the budget can allow for this, we want to provide those services that people need."

The results of the public hearing will be seen by board members on September 12, where they will also put the issue to a vote.

If it passes, extended service would go into effect October first.