- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2020

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A coastal Georgia city will be getting bus system next year after city officials approved operational funding.

Brunswick city commissioners on Wednesday approved spending $700,000 in federal money to pay for operations.

The Brunswick News reports Commissioner Johnny Cason cast the lone dissenting vote, expressing concern about the $357,000 in matching funds the city will have to pay.

Service is set to begin in November 2021.

The city has already received $1.7 million to purchase the four buses and two vans and pay for all the planning needed to establish the service.

The size of the buses will be determined after ongoing studies are completed. The service will run seven days a week.

“We don’t want to see empty vehicles,” city manager Regina McDuffie said.

John Hunter, the city’s planning department director, said a business plan for the entire operation including location and number of bus stops, staff, sponsorships and partnerships is ongoing.

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