Transit for the Georgia Coast

The Coastal Regional Commission, which has been operating an 
on-call coordinated transit system for rural patrons in Glynn 
County, has proposed setting up a fixed route system that, in 
addition to the city of Brunswick proper, would serve the 
airport, Blythe Island, the colleges and the industrial parks.

For some reason, the Glynn County Commission has balked at even
considering the almost $300,000 a year available from the FederalTransportation Fund, into which we all pay. Their excuse is that they don't have the required match. Apparently, that the 
current proposal, starting small and building on what we have,
calls for only $200,000 hasn't registered either.

Anyway, coming up with $200,000 or $300,000 to provide an amenity
to residents, visitors, youngsters, elders and all those 
distracted people who shouldn't be driving cars anyway, should be easy, especially now that the economy has turned around. 

Short-term visitors to the Golden Isles now contribute over $7 
million dollars a year via the accommodation or bed taxes to 
Glynn County and the Jekyll Island Authority. $3.1 million of 
that gets handed to the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors 
Bureau to maintain four poorly visited locations and to
spend on TV advertising, to little positive effect. 

More tourists are flying out of the Brunswick airport than are 
flying in and more than half our visitors are from just two 
states, Georgia and Florida. The upscale Sea Island resort has 
registered decreasing visits and the Jekyll Island Authority is
consolidating golf courses because the game is no longer as 
popular as it was. 

By shifting just a portion of their ad dollars to the transit 
system, the CVB would not only have another amenity to tout to 
visitors coming to take pictures of the vistas and "leave the 
driving to experts" but they'd earn the plaudits of our permanent residents, as well.