Central Arkansas Transit has scheduled a news conference tomorrow to begin its relabeling as Rock Region Metro, a move that will coincide with a push for a permanent tax funding source to expand and improve existing transit service.
Said the announcement of tomorrow’s event:
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Central Arkansas Transit Authority board members, employees and supporters will attend a kickoff celebration as CATA becomes Rock Region METRO.
Hear what’s new at Rock Region METRO (other than the name)! Speakers include Allie Freeman, board chairman; Jarod Varner, executive director; Jimmy Moses, board member and State Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, member of the Move Central Arkansas Blue Ribbon Commission, a group of business and community leaders who have helped gather perspectives and ideas concerning the expansion of public transit in
central Arkansas, its impact on the community and the funding process. Mayor Mark Stodola (Little Rock), Mayor Joe Smith (North Little Rock), Mayor Gary Fletcher (Jacksonville), Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and other Rock Region METRO supporters will be in attendance. One of the new Rock Region METRO compressed natural gas-fueled buses, which offer free WiFi and will soon be linked to a GPS-based mobile app providing real-time passenger information, will be on display at the Little
The event’s at the chamber of commerce at Markham and Scott at 10 a.m.
Gas-powered, cleaner buses. WiFi. An app. With more money, more frequent service, particularly on some high-speed lines. These are good things. They’ll take money. I’m pretty sure I’ll be on board whatever finally is proposed. Other cities do better. And the name change makes sense, too. It’s a service of the core Little Rock metro area, not Central Arkansas.