Rural transit agreement being renegotiated

By WEEK Producer

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria County Administrator is optimistic that a re-negotiated agreement will be reached soon to keep the county's rural transit system operating.

Lori Curtis Luther said demand for CountyLink bus service has doubled over the past year. That has used up all of the $585,000 in grants earmarked for service.

The dramatic increase in riders means service would likely have to be cut or reduced without a re-worked deal.

"I think the (service provider) recognizes that the county is only in a position to provide as much service as the grants allow," Luther said. "They're cognizant of that and working with us to see what they can do on their end to alleviate our existing shortfall. "

The current agreement for rural transit service in Peoria County runs through the middle of 2015.