SC: Clemson Working to Save Bus Route, Administrator Says

June 17--CLEMSON -- The city administrator of Clemson said Monday that the city is working with partners to try to continue the portion of the old 4U bus route that will soon be abandoned by Anderson County.

"Progress is being made and I hope to have good news to report in the near future," administrator Rick Cotton said at a meeting of the Clemson City Council.

For more than a decade, Anderson County and Clemson Area Transit have partnered on the 4U route. Riders can get on the 4U bus at Walmart on Liberty Highway in Anderson and go all the way to Clemson University for free. The 4U bus route is used by about 150,000 riders each year.

But Anderson County's grant for the route runs out at the end of this month. The county has decided to end its support of the 4U route and to instead partner with the city of Anderson on a route that goes only as far as Tri-County Technical College's campus in Pendleton. Riders on the new "Orange Route" will be charged fares ranging from a quarter to 50 cents.

In other business, city engineer Kent Guthrie said his office has received a bid of $3,950 from Engineers and Surveyors Corporation for environmental studies for the Berkeley Drive pedestrian bridge. The bid was about $8,000 less than previous bids.

Guthrie said three bids were received for the College Avenue stormwater project, but all the bids exceeded engineering estimates. He said the proposals would be re-evaluated and submitted for rebidding in the near future.

The city council set a date of July 7 at 6:30 p.m. for a hearing about a rental property at 130 College Heights Boulevard owned by Greg Liu. The zoning administrator has cited the property for occupancy violations and other problems that will be the focus of the hearing. The city can revoke the owner's rental license if the violations are not corrected.

Clemson Fest, the annual Fourth of July celebration sponsored by the city and Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on July 3 at Clemson University's Y Beach.

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