Darlene Lollie Hernando County Transit is looking to partner with the city of Brooksville to put a bus stop (for ‘TheBus’) at the Noble Senior Living Facility on Howell Ave. TheBus is a Public Transit System for Hernando County managed by Development Services. Its day-to-day operations are conducted through a contract with a private company called RATPDev USA. The Transit System is granted funding by the Federal Transit Administration and the Florida Department of Transportation.
County Commissioner Jerry Campbell and Congressman Gus Bilirakis met with the Noble Senior Living facility staff, residents, and their family members and discussed the matter. They all agreed adding a bus stop on the street in front of the building on Howell Ave/Main Street would be beneficial to the residents.
On May 9, 2023, during the Hernando County BOCC meeting, the board decided to move forward with placing a bus stop in front of Noble Senior Living Facility. However, the clearance under the awning on the front of the building is not high enough for buses and paratransit vehicles to pull through. So the stop would need to be placed on the street in front of the building where the current vehicle parking is located. If the bus stop was placed on the street in front of the building, buses, paratransit vehicles, and any other public transportation service vehicles would have the ability to load and unload all patrons directly off the sidewalk, and the vehicles would be out of the flow of traffic on Main Street.
The Hernando County Transit Operations is requesting permission to place a stop at Noble Senior Living Facility and requesting assistance from the city in facilitating and coordinating the restriping of the parking spaces in front of the building.
During the Brooksville City Council Regular Meeting on Jun 05, 2023, the council voted to approve (3-1) the restriping of the parking spaces in front of the Noble Senior Living Facility in order to create a bus lane.