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Reduced Transit Routes in Amador

The Amador Transit Board of Directors has approved reductions in the number of routes provided each day by Amador Transit, while expanding others.  Following a public hearing where a number of people who use the transit services urged against cuts, the Board voted to implement changes for the Jackson-Sutter Creek shuttle and the bus routes to Ione.  The cuts to service are driven by two factors faced by the transit agency.  First, they have a budget deficit of more than $200,000 in the last fiscal year that needs to be closed.  Second, the array of grants and subsidies that the agency uses to fund its operation all come with a requirement that the agency cover at least 10 percent of its costs with ride fares.  Amador Transit is very close to dropping below that 10 percent line, which would place much of the agencies funding in jeopardy. On the plus side, the Transit Board did approve additional stops at the Regal Theaters/DMV offices in Jackson and the Interfaith Food Bank.  The Dial-A-Ride service area will also be expanded.  The direct trip service will become available in the Upper Ridge Road and State Highway 88 areas.  Moving forward, the Board of Directors have directed agency staff to bring forward proposals at a future meeting for an increase in bus fares and  possible reduction in routes at the far eastern edge of the county.                            

Written by KVGC Staff



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