Burlington city leaders approve development of bus transit system

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Burlington City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to develop a public bus transit system.

Director of Development and Technical Services Nolan Kirkman said that council has been discussing a transit system since the mid-2000s.

Approval was a popular decision among the few dozen supporters who spoke in a public hearing before the vote.

Now that developing the system has been approved, some details still have to be worked out. The bus routes could potentially extend to area towns such as Elon, Gibsonville, Mebane and Graham.

Kirkman told FOX8 last week Burlington would need about six buses if development of the system was approved. Though the buses are about $400,000 a piece, federal and state grants will cover most of the costs.

The yearly expense of the system will come in part from 50 percent federal grant.

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