continued Dougal said that was not the case.
“When I started the Champlain South route had 90 riders for the year and we now have 350 a month,” she said.
Dougal added that county employees are one of the main users of the bus system, along with employees at local stores.
Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said that she has noticed the people using the buses.
“There is quite a crowd at 4 p.m. when they come out of work and walk over to Stewart’s and get onto the buses,” Bartley said. “These are our county workers and other people who work here that need this service. When gas is where it is at and these people are making $8.50 an hour, then it is a struggle.”
“There are people driving 40-50 miles a day over to Vermont and working for $8.50 an hour and no one is providing a ride for them,” Scozzafava replied.
Dougal said that ridership could further increase if staffing hours were changed at the nursing home.
“If the people purchasing the Horace Nye Nursing Home changed the hours from 7-3 to 8-4, then we could potentially have a lot more riders,” she said.