PIATTRAN Considering Saturday Service
Piatt County Journal-Republican, 04/28/2016
Story: Amanda Gleason - Used by permission
Piatt County Public Transportation is pondering the idea of adding Saturday service.
If the agency receives its full funding amount of $666,836.00, transportation officials are looking forward to implementing a pilot program for Saturday service.
In a statement given after the April 13 Piatt County Board meeting, Transportation Director Eileen Sierra Brown said that “we’ve known for a long time (based on ride denials) that Saturday and Sunday hours of service were in demand, but to what level is still unclear.”
Newly established Kirby Hospital Convenient Care hours as well as requests on ridership surveys also led the department to consider expanded hours.
A time line for the program is dependent on grant funds, therefore if no significant cuts are suspected in July, advertisement of the program will begin in August. If full funding is received, Saturday hours are expected to begin in September and run through January 2017. After that, the transportation committee will evaluate the numbers and make a decision about the permanency of the program.
On Tuesday, April 19, a public meeting was held in conjunction with the Business Expo to garner community feedback about Piattran. Of the 42 people spoken to, most knew someone that had ridden Piattran at some time. Parents and seniors felt the service was extremely valuable and many seniors asked about senior trips starting for them. No one had any objection to the current grant proposal.