Aug. 04--YORK, Pa. -- Rabbittransit Executive Director Richard Farr asked county commissioners Wednesday to approve the merger of his agency with the Adams County Transit Authority.
Farr said it would be a purely administrative change that wouldn't have any affect on bus service for either county.
"There would be no change to the consumer," Farr said.
According to Farr, the services have already been gradually merging since 2008, when the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation released a statewide study concluding that consolidation of county transit systems is a good thing. Farr said the two systems already share a call center and central dispatch, and are looking at consolidating their maintenance departments.
But until now, the two authorities have been legally distinct, with two boards of directors.
The problem, Farr said, comes with processing the paperwork that pertains to state and federal funding for two distinct transit authorities. Right now, that paperwork is so extensive that both agencies will likely have to make new hires to process it unless they merge.
He was unable to give a precise dollar figure Wednesday morning, but estimated that the agencies will likely save tens of thousands of dollars through the merger, which would involve establishing a single board of directors.
He told the commissioners he would provide them with information in the coming days, along with the words of a motion they may be able to vote on next week. Farr said the directors of both transit authorities and the Adams County commissioners have already approved the measure.
York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister said he needs to review Farr's information, but he's inclined to support the idea.
"I think consolidation across county lines makes a lot of sense to everybody," Chronister said.
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