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Riders dodge bus route cuts

Impassioned riders pleaded with Nevada County transportation officials to not cut bus routes today, but said they would welcome fare increases to help keep their main mode of transportation rolling.

Members of the western county Transit Services Commission had a recommendation from county staff to eliminate the weekday bus to Colfax, night service from 8 to 10 p.m. between Grass Valley and Nevada City, and one of the four daily runs to North San Juan.

However, speaker after speaker at the public hearing said they needed the routes to go to work, school, doctor’s appointments and links to other transportation.



Many of them also said they would be willing to pay more than $1 per bus ride per zone to help the Gold Country Stage bus line to make up a projected $230,000 operating deficit for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, which started July 1.

Commission members tabled any action on the routes and said more discussion on them and fares will come at the next hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Grass Valley City Hall.




For more on the story and to read what the bus riders said, see Thursday morning’s edition of The Union.


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