Kyle seeks transportation options after ending CARTS program

City of Kyle (KXAN Photo)
City of Kyle (KXAN Photo)

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Kyle City Council will review possible transportation options Tuesday night, after canceling the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS).

The city of Kyle actually had an agreement with Capital Metro for that bus service. The agency then contracted with the CARTS agency to provide it.

The city itemized $70,000 in their 2015-2016 budget to provide the bus service twice a week on a demand response basis. The city decided to not go forward with that part of the budget and canceled the service in December of 2015.

During the Feb. 2, city council meeting the city provided data for usage of the service and council members were concerned.

“Only five or six addresses really received services more than once a week,” Jerry Hendrix quotes. “One person that rode it 88 times lived outside of Kyle. One person that rides it 85 times lives outside of Kyle.”

Those numbers makes council member Shane Arabie​ uncomfortable.

“Looking at the statistics here, I personally don’t feel comfortable… funding a program or putting money back into CARTS or even trying to define what it is or how we are going to give someone a ride. We are not in the business in defining people’s ailments. I am willing to work with a non-profit or volunteer organizations,” Council member Shane Arabie said at the February 2 meeting.

Councilmen Arabie says with their high tax rate he doesn’t want to use city funds to fund the project. At the end of the meeting city council voted 6-1 to research a replacement for CARTS that would not exceed $50,000 total.

Tuesday evening, council decided to contract with a Kyle or Buda-based taxi. At the next city council meeting, the city will present a contract for service with a local taxi company, the Buda Taxi. An example trip would cost $10, with the city paying $7 and the resident paying $3. Full details will be released in the next meeting in two weeks.

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