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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NICE Cuts Transit Service

Looks like it's the end of the road for North Idaho Community Express service in rural areas. NICE is halting rural transportation in Kootenai, Bonner and Shoshone counties as well as intercity travel between Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. The Bonner County Daily Bee has the story.

Despite the hit to NICE, plans are still underway to establish a bus system between Dover, Sandpoint, Ponderay and Kootenai. And if that happens, the new transportation system may be able to pick up some of the slack for NICE. Here's that story from the Daily Bee.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.