Transportation Issues Important to DETCOG - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

01/30/07 - San Augustine

Transportation Issues Important to DETCOG

by Donna McCollum

Transportation is no problem for anyone in attendance for this afternoon's Deep East Texas Council of Governments meeting in San Augustine. But it is for the hundreds of East Texans they represent.    In some parts of the region just getting back and forth to work is difficult because there's no public transportation.  

Center Mayor John Windham serves on DETCOG's transportation committee. He said,  " We have come to the realization that six out of 12 counties have no public transportation at all. " So for the last six months a consulting firm has been listening to the problems that come with a lack of transportation. Now a regional coordination plan is ready for presentation and funding.

DETCOG Director Walter Diggles explained, " The transportation plan is basically going to be seeking funding to enhance the social service transportation in East Texas and we're very, very pleased with the study and looking forward to presenting it to both Austin and Washington."

The plan calls for transportation access for employees of major employers of Center, many who can't afford even car pooling costs. As many as 500 of Tyson Food employees commute from Mansfield and Logansport.   Windham said,  " They are reaching the point to where they're looking for other work because it's costing quite a bit to work in pool cars." Additional services would provide transportation to Veterans hospitals in Houston, as well as a transit system to help people get around their own home town. Windham said if funding becomes available they have a solution. " We'll try to work that out with about four to six busses with the public transit system in those six counties."

The study found a lack of state financial support for expanded services. So these leaders will spend the next five months preparing their argument for funding to the Texas Department of Transportation Commission.   DETCOG will be apply for funding through programs designed to increase access to social services for low income, elderly and handicapped individuals. It also targets workers who otherwise might go unemployed without transportation.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Angelina County leaders preparing for the 'Big One'

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:33:05 GMT

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>

    While storms popping up in the Atlantic are the last things on the minds of those that live in East Texas, it is priority number one for the Angelina County Office of Emergency Management as the calendar creeps closer to the start of hurricane season.

    More >>
  • NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    NISD names Interim Superintendent Sandra Dowdy lone superintendent finalist

    Monday, March 27 2017 9:33 PM EDT2017-03-28 01:33:54 GMT
    Source: NISDSource: NISD

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>

    During a Monday night special meeting, Nacogdoches Independent School District named Sandra Dowdy the lone finalist for the superintendent position. Dowdy has served as interim for the last several months. Per a press release from NISD, Dowdy was selected from a field of 45 applicants. A state mandated 21-day period must pass between the board naming her as the lone finalist and formally naming her as the next superintendent of Nacogdoches schools. It also states the selection happ...

    More >>
  • Sabine County residents begin storm recovery efforts

    Sabine County residents begin storm recovery efforts

    Monday, March 27 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-03-27 23:11:55 GMT

    Residents near the Texas-Louisiana border are beginning their own storm recovery efforts on Monday after they fell on their property from this weekend’s storms.  

    More >>

    Residents near the Texas-Louisiana border are beginning their own storm recovery efforts on Monday after they fell on their property from this weekend’s storms.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly