Davidsmeyer, Ezard react to West Central Mass Transit temporary shutdown

By Ryne Turke on October 17, 2016 at 12:54pm

A local representative is reacting to West Central Mass Transit’s temporary suspension of services.

On Friday, West Central Mass Transit Executive Director Jean Jumper informed WLDS-WEAI News that transportation services would shut down until grant funds are received and financial obligations within the company can be met.

West Central Mass Transit, which serves residents in Morgan, Cass, Scott, Schuyler, Brown and Pike County, is awaiting payment of two IDOT requisitions totaling $696,620.00.

100th District Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer says West Central Mass Transit has consistently provided a needed service for senior citizens, developmentally disabled and members of the workforce since 2004.

Davidsmeyer explains the actions he’s taken since lawmakers were notified of the cash flow issues on October 5th.

“We’ve been trying to expedite the execution of federal contracts to try and get federal money flowing so that we can do that until money is replenished. For right now, we are trying to push the federal aspect. I’ve been in contact with Darin LaHood’s office and they are going to do everything they can to help us expedite any funding that is still there,” says Davidsmeyer.

“The reality is that isn’t the state budget…it is the fact that the state has no money. Even if we had a budget, if the money isn’t there you can’t make payments. I think this unfortunately will make people realize how bad things are in the State of Illinois.”

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says the suspension of services for West Central Mass Transit is the result of “typical things going on in Springfield.”

“I’m not critical of our representation because I know they want to maintain West Central Mass Transit,  but it is just an overall view of politics at its best. It is getting very old in my perspective. As a mayor, I’m doing my best reaching out on a municipal level to other mayors that can help. I’m reaching out to their representation and other individuals I’ve had a relationship with in state government with over the years,” says Ezard.

At the end of the day, Ezard says the future of West Central Mass Transit rests in the hands of the leaders of Illinois.

For more on West Central Mass Transit click here.