The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in partnership with the City of Birmingham, and the Birmingham Farmers Market has been awarded the Healthy Food Financing grant. Funded through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), this grant will provide quality food to underserved communities in the Birmingham area.
The amount awarded through ADECA is $50,000.00. The City of Birmingham will match that amount and BJCTA will contribute $43,000.00. The complete project totals $143,000.00. The Birmingham Farmers Market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the project.
BJCTA competed against 19 other agencies for this opportunity. They were one of five finalists selected ultimately leading them to win the award. This is the first time the state of Alabama has received funding for this initiative.
The Farmer’s Market will be located on property near the Birmingham Intermodal Facility on the block of Morris Avenue and 16th Street North.
“We understand how important this service is to the Fairfield community. We are excited to get the buses rolling once again,” BJCTA Executive Director Barbara Murdock.
The project is expected to be complete this summer.
The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to restore service to the city of Fairfield once the past due balance is paid. The decision was made at a special called meeting today. BJCTA stopped service in July of 2016 due to a past due balance. Since then, $450,118.50 has been paid.
“It’s a great blessing for us to work out an agreement with BJCTA,” Fairfield Mayor Ed May II said. “We are excited to have the bus service restored for the elderly residents and students who no longer have to walk to Midfield to get on the bus,” May added.
“We understand how important this service is to the Fairfield community. We are excited to get the buses rolling once again,” BJCTA Executive Director Barbara Murdock said.
Once the balance of $123,962.44 is paid, a date will be set to restore service. In the future, Jefferson County will collect ad valorem taxes to pay for MAX Transit bus service.
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The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) is pleased to announce new officers for its Board of Directors. Attorney Ruby Davis has been elected Chair, Birmingham Firefighter Theodore Smith is Vice-Chair and Attorney Martin Weinberg remains Secretary.
“It is an honor to be trusted with such a huge responsibility. BJCTA is on the move and this is an exciting time to be a part of the process. I look forward to working with my colleagues in this new role,” BJCTA Board Chair Ruby Davis
“We are making great strides to modernize the system, improve performance and enhance our customer service. I’m positive that these new officers will keep the momentum going,” BJCTA Executive Director Barbara Murdock
Ms. Davis, Mr. Smith and Mr. Kevin Powe were appointed by the Birmingham City Council in October. The Board of Directors also currently has members who represent Jefferson County, Bessemer, Vestavia Hills and Hoover.
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