CityLink considers eliminating Bartonville bus route

By WEEK Producer

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill. -- City Link officials are looking into eliminating fixed route bus service to Bartonville.

Several people who use the service voiced their concerns at a public hearing on Thursday.

The Route 19 Bartonville Commuter Express runs five times a day and averages about 53 riders daily.

CityLink's Josh Moore said the issue is funding. The route has to be funded by an outside source due to tax levee restrictions.

"Our tax levee did not extend to the Bartonville area so we have to get the local funding from another source,” said Moore, Assistant General Manager of Operations. “In the past, it has been a JARC grant which is a federal grant but after changes this year to the grant the old one has run out."

Carla Caldwell rides the bus to her job at SC2 everyday. She said there are at least 30 other employees there who also depend on the service.

She said they would be willing to compromise as long as the service is still available.

Moore said the public hearing is the first step to assessing the service. Once they hear from the public they will work on finding local funding.

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