MOUNT VERNON — Hilary Patterson, director of Knox Area Transit, thanked Mount Vernon City Council Monday night for its continued financial support of the organization.
KAT has 25 wheelchair-accessible vehicles and serves all of Knox County.
Patterson said that in 2012, KAT provided 133,225 rides which is 1,700 more rides than in 2011.
Other pieces of interesting information provided by Patterson include:
•Over $960,000 in federal and state grand funds were awarded to KAT in 2012.
•FEMA reimbursed KAT for $1,003, for its efforts to provide transportation to cooling shelters during the June 29, 2012 derecho.
•KAT assistance with transportation when residents of the Curtis Inn were evacuated.
•Starting pay for drivers with a CDL increased from $8.90 to $10 an hour. Hourly staff received a 3 percent pay raise while the remaining drivers saw an increase from $7.70 to $8.50 an hour.
•The Transportation Advisory Committee is comprised of riders, agencies that provide rides for their clients and the general public. The committee offers education on how public transportation works and addresses concerns of riders.
•To offer a fair pay scale, KAT adjusted its zone charges to $2 to $4 if riders in outlying areas have destinations other than Mount Vernon.
•New scheduling software, courtesy of Delaware Area Transit, will be implemented this year.
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