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Monday, January 17, 2011

Tribe Asks For Help Funding Citylink

Public transit in Kootenai County is on kind of shaky ground lately. North Idaho Community Express/Kootenai Area Transit System ceased operations a couple weeks ago due to budget problems, and now the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the major contributor to the Citylink transit system, says it's time for local agencies to develop alternative funding sources before transit service is affected.

The Tribe isn't giving an ultimatum though, they say they're just asking area agencies to be proactive. The Coeur d'Alene Press has the rest of the story.

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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.