Monroe could be pumping the brakes on most of its bus routes

MONROE, La (KNOE) - The city is proposing to cut more than half of its bus routes. During a public meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, people said they aren't happy about it.

Routes two, eight, 10, and 13 face possible elimination due to city budget cuts.
Plus, six of the night routes.

It's a concern to some college students.

"How am I suppose to do whatever work that I am supposed to do after or how am I supposed to get home?" Katrina Boatwright, a ULM student, said.

Mayor Jamie Mayo announced in July the city could face a $4 million deficit in 2018 if changes are not made.
He believes the transit system could make up for it.

People came with their own solutions.

"We said we would pay a dollar more," said one rider.

Officials say they're taking that option into consideration.

"Oh it would certainly assist. Now, there could be any combination to be revenue or expense reduction if that's where the mayor wants it to be. So we can do either," said Marc Keenan, transit manager.

They're talking about cutting routes that go to Delta College, City Hall and at least two hospitals in Monroe.

"We don't have cars to go to the doctor. And if we want to make those appointments for our kids, we have to make it after school," Lisa Krosgat said.

Several local public officials came forward saying they believe this would be a bad decision.
Even leaders from Delta Community College came with written requests from students asking the mayor to consider keeping the routes.

Officials said hearing all those stories Wednesday night could effect their decision.
They said they don't have a date on when a final decision will be made.

Until then, people in the community say they are coming together and planning for a back up if they lose public transportation.



 
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