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DeSoto Co mulls mass transit system

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) -

It is nightmarish and backed up. All the time.

Many believe Goodman Road and Airways Boulevard in DeSoto County is the busiest intersection in the State of Mississippi. Regardless it's during rush hour or on a Saturday, it is only one of DeSoto County's traffic problems.

Though in the early stages there is a plan in the works to create a county-wide mass transit system. A new survey being conducted by county supervisors, the Memphis Area Transit Authority, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking for answers.

"The county has grown so fast that we need to look at avenues of travel and transportation. Our roadways are becoming very congested," said DeSoto County Supervisor Lee Caldwell, the county's first female supervisor in its 175-year history.


"What can we do to help with the situation, that's part of what the survey considers. What kind of mass transit system and what routes it would take are part of the survey."

Caldwell said based on the online survey results, the county might look into creating a regional mass transit that could stretch into several Mid-South counties.
"We're looking at it in DeSoto  County, or maybe does it need to go out of DeSoto County?," she said. "Is there a need for it to go into Tunica or into Marshall County and into Shelby County and Memphis city? What is the need?"
"We may not be ready for a MATA bus or a bus of that kind," Caldwell added. "We may be looking at a small shuttle or bus or vans."
The thought is a mass transit system in DeSoto County wouldn't just help with congestion and air quality; it would help with employment.
"There are so many people who want jobs, but they don't have transportation to get to a job," Caldwell said. "Helping to provide some transportation, affordable transportation so we can give them a hands up and keep from continuing to give them a hand out. I see this as a critical issue in our county."

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