Joplin looks to make changes to its public transportation system

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin sets public meetings to discuss contingency options for its public transportation program due to lack of drivers.

As part of the contingency plan, The city is considering four options to reduce daily service on Metro Area PublicTransit System (MAPS) and the Sunshine Lamp Trolley. The four options being considered are as follows:

  • Reduce MAPS service from six routes per day to three routes per day.
  • Reduce MAPS service to four routes per day and reduce Trolley hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Reduce MAPS service to three routes per day and condense the trolley system to two routes that would operate on one and a half (1 ½ ) hour loops from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Eliminate trolley service and continue to operate six MAPS routes per day

The City of Joplin will host two Public Meetings on January 27, 2022, for citizens to provide comments. The city scheduled the first meeting from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the second meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Both public meetings will take place in the Council Chambers of the Joplin City Hall.



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