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Bus resolution stopped at the station

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.

— Scozzafava and others brought up their concerns again that some routes do not sustain themselves.

“Is there any way that we can get a log set up so we can see how many bodies are on those buses each day,” Scozzafava asked.

“I can give you a daily log of the riders but I do not know if everyone would want to sign it,” Transportation Director Nancy Dougal said. “We do have a log of how many people have been on.”

Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston agreed that something should be done with lower ridership routes.

“I do not know how this board can continue to chip in and fund these different programs when the state and federal government continue to withdraw funding,” Preston said. “I really think we need to take a look at the transportation department and these routes and get rid of the ones that are not performing.”

Palmer said that the board would have to be careful because dropping the number of routes could also drop the amount of funding available.

“If you start taking out routes that are part of our under-served areas, then your chances of getting grants on your stronger areas are going to go down,” Palmer said. “We don’t want to just assume that we can just throw out all of these low routes and expect that the federal and state government are going to continue to support us.”

“It is a sad state of affairs when you have to have a policy that provides services you do not need in order to get funding for services you do need,” Newcomb Supervisor George Canon replied.

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