County to discuss public transit today

LOCK HAVEN — Will there be a regular bus service in Clinton County anytime soon?

The county commissioners will discuss this public transit idea at their meeting today at 10 a.m. in the Garden Building, according to Commissioner Chair Pete Smeltz.

The commissioners recently set up a Public Transit Community Advisory Committee, which has held three meetings thus far, to explore the possibility of bringing busing service to the county, Smeltz said.

The members have been working with River Valley Transit to explore the merits of bus service for the county, including connections to Jersey Shore and Williamsport. It may, in the future, consider connections from Clinton County to State College, Smeltz said.

The committee includes representatives of Lock Haven City, Lock Haven Police, Lock Haven University, downtown Lock Haven, the Clinton County Economic Partnership, Pine Creek Township Police, First Quality Tissue, Clinton County Housing Authority, and others. Additional municipalities  have also been invited to join in. County Planning Director Tim Holladay is the chairperson and grants administrator Katie deSilva is the co-chair.

Today the commissioners plan to have an open discussion with some of the committee members, to exchange ideas on moving forward with a trial period of bus service in 2017 and to talk about proposals from River Valley Transit.

No formal action is expected today, according to Smeltz.

The commissioners plan to attend the fall County Commissioners Conference in Hershey this coming Monday and Tuesday. The offices are closed next Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

The commissioners will focus on the 2017 county budget at their next work session, set for Monday, Nov. 28, and their next voting session, Thursday, Dec. 1.

The Public Transit Community Advisory Committee may meet in December, Smeltz reported, and the commissioners will return to the topic after budget time.