Public transportation may soon be coming to Brazil.
During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, UGoWeGo Transport Owner Ken Michael said he is interested in starting a small bus service.
"This is in the very early planning stages," Michael told the council. "Right now, I am just looking for additional input because this probably wouldn't be profitable, but more of a public service."
Michael said the plan at the current time is to have potential stops for pickups at the Meridian Towers/Cooper Towers/Jackson Gardens area, along with Central West Village and Lake Brazilian Estates.
"I would like to focus the stops in areas where there is a high concentration of residents," he said.
"I don't want to get in a situation where there are stops that only one person is being picked up because that would waste gas."
The service would transport residents to grocery stores, doctors and other places within the city only.
"We would not leave the city limits," Michael said. "We plan to start picking up people on the west end and make our way through the city. This would be a scheduled bus service with a run once each morning, then another in the afternoon or early evening."
Michael added he has been in contact with Wayne Meyer of SignPlex, Cloverdale, who is interested in providing benches, which would be placed at the stops.
He also said there would be the possibility of the benches having paid advertising on them.
After discussing the possibility of having the stops along National Avenue, the council suggested placing some of them along Jackson Street so elderly residents in the towers would have better access.
Michael said the service would be on a trial run for a month initially, to gauge whether the use would justify keeping it going.
"I would like to try it for longer than a month, but I am not sure how it will go," Michael told the council.
During the trial run, the service would be using a 15-passenger van, which is not handicapped accessible.
"If it works out well initially, I plan on purchasing a 25-person shuttle bus, which would have a wheelchair lift," he said.
Further discussion about the service included the potential fee, which Michael said he wanted to keep within reach for residents to utilize.
With plans for the service in the preliminary stages, the council plans to conduct a work session to discuss the matter further.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 12, in the Council Chambers at Brazil City Hall.