Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

$20,000 survey will look at THE Bus riders

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County wants to know its bus riders better, and on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a $20,000 survey to gather that information.

The move comes just as county officials are discussing budget cuts, and THE Bus could be a target. County Administrator David Hamilton supported the rider survey and asked whether it could be expanded to potential customers in the community.

Dennis Dix, the county's transportation coordinator, explained that the wider survey will be done later as the county prepares its next long-term transportation plan.

The survey will ask riders why they use the fixed-route transit system, how often they ride and other details about their lifestyle. It also will tell the county whether THE Bus accomplished its goal of taking pressure off the expensive door-to-door van service that the county also provides, Dix said.

Interviewers will talk to bus patrons in April and compile a report to be presented in May. The work will be conducted by the MPO's planning consultant Tindale-Oliver and Associates Inc. Money for the survey comes from federal transportation funds.

MPO member and County Commissioner Chris Kingsley said the survey will show the county how to market THE Bus. While he supported the idea for the survey, he voted against it because he said he believed that the county staff could conduct the survey for a much lower cost than the consultant.

MPO member and County Commissioner Jeff Stabins said he had "sticker shock" at the cost, but after learning more about the survey details, he said he would support it. "We really need the information now,'' he said.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at or (352) 848-1434.

$20,000 survey will look at THE Bus riders 03/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:28am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Some unsolicited advice for Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's an extraordinary state of affairs, this mayoral election.

    Incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker debate in front of a live television audience during the City of St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening (07/25/17). The event is presented by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9.
  2. Doctors at Northside sue hospital claiming voter fraud


    ST. PETERSBURG — Two doctors are suing Northside Hospital, seeking an injunction for what they're calling fraud in the election of the medical staff.

    Two doctors have filed a lawsuit against Northside Hospital, seeking an injunction for alleged voter fraud in a staff election.
  3. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  4. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    President Donald Trump embraces Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of the White House during an announcement Wednesday that Foxconn is going to build a plant in Wisconsin.
  5. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]