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Birmingham City Leaders Work to Propose Cost Effective Measures to Help City of Fairfield Restore Public Transportation

Public transportation is the lifeline of most cities as many citizens rely on the convenient and cost effective system to make a living.  In the United States it is a crucial part of the solution to the nation’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges ultimately helping to bring a better quality of life to everyone. Recent reports show that the people are increasingly using public transportation more and to accommodate that increase,  local communities are expanding their public transit services in proactive and cost effective measures.
Every segment of American society benefits from public transportation as it provides economic stimulus and drives community growth and revitalization. In the next month, many businesses, communities and families in Birmingham and Fairfield could experience a major setback in the economy due to the City of Fairfield’s recent financial trouble of $545,000 in debt owed to the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA). As a result of the debt, the BJCTA Board of Directors recently voted to stop Fairfield bus service until payments resume.

Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt, Chair of the Public Safety/Transportation Committee said he is optimistic that the City of Birmingham will work to find a solution in wake of the threat of bus service termination and hopes that Fairfield can soon resurface.

“I understand the need for a reliable form of public transportation that connects our cities because there are some points in between Birmingham to Fairfield where businesses rely on their workers to show up in order to run efficiently,” Councilor Hoyt said. “Miles College is one of those institutions that has students who rely on our transit system, so I’m supportive of any initiative we can take to help Fairfield. Once we lay out all the facts, I’m sure we’ll decide on a measure that is beneficial for both municipalities.”

The BJCTA route that would be affected is route 41which covers Fairfield, Miles College, Western Hills Mall, Crossplex, Fairfield High School, Forrest Hill Middle School and Princeton Hospital.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.