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Bus purchases pass through ways and means with warning

Advertisements for Hannaford's Supermarket have been placed on the Cascade Express busses run by the Essex County Department of Transportation.

Advertisements for Hannaford's Supermarket have been placed on the Cascade Express busses run by the Essex County Department of Transportation. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Dougal said that one thing she would not take out of the proposal was shelters for bus stops.

“I would really like to see them kept in because we have people that are waiting and when they wait in other buildings they miss the bus,” she said. “If we have shelters at stops, then the drivers can see that someone is there.”

Some supervisors said that they would pass the resolution to the full board, but may not vote the same way during the Monday, Aug. 6 meeting.

“We started this program and said that it was not going to be county money,” Westport Supervisor Dan Connell said. “If we do this, then we are going to change the whole tenor of this and then it will be a county program and we will be funding it with county money every year.”

“Now that we are going to invest this kind of money, I am really concerned about where we may be going with this,” Jay Supervisor and board Chairman Randy Douglas said. “We might need to go back and look at our priority list and see what we have to do. We might have to look at this and I hate to say it, but we might have to make the decision that it is time to cut it. Even though it is 5311 funding, it is tax dollars that are going toward this.”

Others opposed the resolution completely.

“The transportation department has personally costs us nothing to this point and to head into the next year and trying to come up with $60,000 that we may not have,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said.

“We have been running this program for a number of years and to be very frank, but I have not seen a ridership increase,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “I hear a lot of comments from our constituents that they see the buses with no one in them.”

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