Joplin seeks changes to its public transport system

Survey of residents of Joplin to improve public transport
City holds public meetings to discuss emergency options for the public transport program

JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin is holding town halls to discuss emergency options for their public transportation program due to lack of drivers.

As part of the emergency plan, the city is considering four options to reduce the daily service of the Metro Area Public Transit System (MAPS) and the Sunshine Lamp Trolley. The four options considered are:

  • Reduce the MAPS service from six routes per day to three routes per day.
  • Reduce the MAPS service to four routes per day and reduce tram hours from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Reduce the MAPS service to three routes per day and condense the tram 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 cart service and continue to operate six MAPS routes per day

The Town of Joplin will be holding two town halls on January 27, 2022, for citizens to provide feedback. The city has scheduled the first meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the second meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Both public meetings will be held in the council chamber at Joplin Town Hall.


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