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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Former NICE Director Speaks

The former director of the now-defunct North Idaho Community Express/Kootenai Area Transit System is speaking for the first time about the cease in operations. Helen Stephens contacted The Coeur d'Alene Press regarding a police investigation alleging grand theft at the transit agency.

Here's her interview. KMPO and the Panhandle Area Council (PAC) were not involved in the decision to cease service or the operation of NICE. Both are participating in talks and cooperating with the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Public Transportation and the Community Transportation Association of Idaho to restore services as soon as possible.

At this point there is no word on how or when this will happen. We will provide updates on this situation as they become available.

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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.