Bus service to stop in part of south Georgia county

November 17, 2019 GMT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bus service will end for some residents of a south Georgia county.

A Lowndes County bus service will no longer transport people from one urban location to another. That includes all areas within the Valdosta city limits, and some areas outside.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports Lowndes County commissioners announced Tuesday the service would end Dec. 31.

Federal funding only pays for the bus system to carry rural residents. However, the Georgia Department of Transportation has allowed it to carry all the county’s residents since 2016, as long as the county helped with funding.

Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter says the state changed its ruling in recent months. A county spokeswoman tells WALB-TV the reversal resulted from an audit of the state program by the federal government.