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Bus route cuts announced

Gold Country Stage employees posted route cutbacks at bus stops Tuesday, surprising some regular riders who were unaware of the already approved changes.

Routes 10 and 12, which connect Grass Valley to North San Juan and Colfax, respectively, face the most significant cuts. Both routes currently run Monday through Friday, but beginning July 1, service to Colfax will be available only on Wednesdays, and buses will only run on Tuesdays to North San Juan.

Other cuts will affect Routes 5 (Auburn service) and 9 (evening route).



The “concept” for the cutbacks was approved at a May 19 Transit Services Commission meeting, Transit Services Director Bill Derrick said.

But the details, which became available to the public Tuesday, were determined by transit services staff members, Derrick said.




The commission – a group of elected and citizen representatives of Nevada City, Nevada County and Grass Valley – will view the final route changes at its meeting this morning, Derrick said.

This round of cutbacks follows a number of fare increases and service cutbacks in September 2003.

In other transportation news, the Nevada City City Council voted Monday to withhold $15,000 from the county’s Division of Transit Services until the Transportation Commission meets this morning.

The division requested the money to continue operations of Gold Country Stage and Gold Country Telecare, which provides service for disabled Nevada County residents.

Nevada City Councilman Kerry Arnett, who served on the commission for five years, advised his colleagues to withhold the money from the regular bus service but to contribute to Gold Country Telecare.

“Gold Country Stage has not proved its fiscal responsibility,” Arnett said. “They don’t provide any, ‘With this money, we will be able to …’.”

The Grass Valley City Council tried to make the same split in May. It was unable to finance only Telecare because of county transportation rules. That council voted to contribute $24,000 to keep the transit service afloat.

But the Nevada City City Council voted unanimously to postpone its public transportation contribution until a later meeting.

The Nevada County Transportation Commission will meet today at 8:30 a.m. in the Grass Valley Council Chambers, 125 E. Main St. A Transit Services Commission meeting will follow in the same location.

Service cuts

The Gold Country Stage’s latest cutbacks will affect riders of these four routes beginning July 1.

– Route 5 ” Buses will no longer stop at the Rood Administrative Center and Nevada City. The revised Route 5 will connect Grass Valley and Auburn via Highway 49.

– Route 9 ” Evening service between Grass Valley and Nevada City will now run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Previously, service was available until 10:30 p.m.

– Route 10″ Three round trips between Grass Valley and North San Juan will be available only Tuesdays beginning July 1. Service is currently available on weekdays.

– Route 12 ” Three round trips between Grass Valley and Colfax will be available only Wednesdays beginning July 1. Service is currently available on weekdays.

For more information on the route changes, call Gold Country Stage offices at 477-0103.

Source: Gold Country Stage


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