What must city do to retain bus service? Needles City Council meets Feb. 12

February 12, 2019

NEEDLES — With new buses put into service last summer and improved places for passengers to wait for them being finished up now it looks like Needles Area Transit may have to look for a new contractor to drive them, or take on the job itself.

The question comes up during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority of Tuesday, Feb. 12. Meetings begin with executive session; open session begins at 6 p.m. PST in council chambers, 1111 Bailey Ave.

McDonald Transit Associates Inc., operator of NAT since 2006, has notified the city that it plans to terminate operation agreements for NAT and associated Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Ride Medical services effective June 30.

City council is to decide whether to direct staff to prepare and issue a request for proposals to operate the bus services, begin operating the services as a city, or both.

Other items to be considered in the Feb. 12 meeting include:

• Discuss using a portion of marijuana tax revenues for economic development.

• Discuss a traffic design engineering study for Front Street at the intersection of the North K Street underpass.

• Approve revisions to the current year general fund operating budget, including a 1 percent wage increase for all full-time employees; and consider addition of two new code enforcement officers to the list of authorized positions.

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