The Federal Transit Authority is paying the other 80 percent of the project, which has annual operating costs of $216,000, said Ella Bowman, director of planning and development for the transit authority.
The 31 line was part of an $3.5 million expansion paid for by local municipalities and a federal Job Access and Reverse Commute grant, Bowman
said.Reverse commuting refers to driving from the inner city into the suburbs for work, the opposite of the traditional pattern.
An average of 150 people used the 31 bus line per day during the first six days of its operation, Bowman
said.The bus drives through Homewood but does not stop there because the city has not yet funded its portion of the project, Bowman