- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi city is considering financial support for a small-scale public transit project.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is recommending that the City Council provide $200,000 to $250,000 to help fund a small-scale transportation system for 18 months.

Under the proposed pilot program, passenger vans would run two routes daily on two main thoroughfares.

The city would not administer the transportation system, but is looking to expand a program operated by an organization called Climb-Up, which receives federal grant money.

Climb-Up is part of Lifecore Health Group, a mental health service provider.

Until recently, Lifecore could only provide transportation to disabled and elderly people going to Lifecore facilities. About a year ago, Climb-Up began to offer on-demand transportation services to the general public.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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