Bay County officials talk future plans for the Bay Town Trolley
A lot of locals depend on public transportation to get around town, but some say it's tough waiting for the Bay Town Trolley these days.
"I've seen a lot of babies in the sun for extended periods of time," said Bay County resident Bryan Joy. "People in wheelchairs, the elderly and workers all over the county at dozens of stops without shades."
Bay County officials say nearly half of their shelters were damaged or destroyed because of Hurricane Michael. They say they also lost signs and some riders were even displaced by the storm.
"A lot of our riders we believe have moved away because some of the impacted areas. We were looking at averaging about 2,000 riders per day. Right now we're averaging about 1,500," said Bay County Transit Administrator Angela Bradley.
Bradley said they're working with FEMA and others to make improvements at the stops.
"We've just ordered five shelters. We're gonna start with 5 and hopefully those will be done within the next two months," said Bradley.
Bradley said they also plan to use grant money to get four new buses and conduct a study to find out what areas around bay county need transportation the most.
"We'll look at businesses, housing from the storm, where we can improve the efficiency. Are there other areas we can maybe supply a route to," said Bradley.
Bradley said they plan to have the shelters repaired within the next year and get the buses the year after.