GTA keeps weekend service

Has funds to run through June

Print Article

EPHRATA — Grant Transit Authority (GTA) decided to keep weekend service after several riders commented they use the bus to get to work.

The authority reversed previous plans to eliminate the service after holding four public meetings and receiving phone calls and e-mails expressing concern about the cuts, Transit Operations Supervisor Brandy Heston said.

The cuts were part of a larger plan to deal with a $300,000 deficit in the budget because of rising costs and a drop in sales tax revenue, she said in a February interview. The transit authority did not expect to see an increase in the sales tax.

GTA does have enough money to run the weekend service until June, Heston said, adding it plans to seek additional funding to keep the service running.

The majority of riders use the service to travel to their jobs at ConAgra in Quincy and Warden, and Washington Potato in Warden.

“Hopefully the processing plants will be able to assist in some way. People are using the service to get to and from their employment,” she said. “We have very limited service on the weekend.”

Other changes to increase revenue and decrease costs went into effect. The changes include a 50-cent fare increase for adults and students and a 25-cent fare increase for seniors and disabled people. The transit authority eliminated some runs of Route 50 in Moses Lake and replaced the fixed routes to Mattawa and Wilson Creek with dial-a-ride service. They combined routes 51 and 52, which travel through the Moses Lake area.

Heston said the authority doesn’t expect to know what effect the decision has had for several months.

“We won’t get the tallies for April until mid-month in May,” she said. “It will take several months to get an accurate picture of ridership as well as what the fare increase did to ridership.”

Print Article

Read More News

Seattle Seahawks training camp capsule

AP

July 22, 2017 at 11:06 am | SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-6-1) OPEN CAMP: July 30, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington. LAST YEAR: Won NFC West for fourth time under Pete Carroll and reached playoffs for fifth str...

Comments

Read More

AP Top International News at 2:05 p.m. EDT

AP

July 22, 2017 at 11:10 am | More Israeli troops sent to West Bank, placed on high alert...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: 2 aftershocks hit damaged Greek island of Kos

AP

July 22, 2017 at 11:04 am | KOS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in Greece and Turkey (all times local): 9 p.m. Two strong aftershocks have struck the eastern Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other,...

Comments

Read More

Experts inspect Greek quake damage; islanders sleep outdoors

AP

July 22, 2017 at 7:15 am | KOS, Greece (AP) — Crews of experts on Saturday began examining the damage to infrastructure and cultural monuments on the eastern Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X