Budget uncertainty is forcing service cuts for a local public transit operation.
Jean Jumper, the executive director of West Central Mass Transit, which covers an area that includes Morgan and Scott Counties, says temporary service reductions are being made because the state has not passed a budget for the current fiscal year.
According to a press release, ridership services will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 6:15 a-m to 6 p-m and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. However, the number of vehicles available during those hours will be reduced, and there will be no public transportation service on Sundays.
West Central Mass Transit has reduced the number of vehicles on the road for the Senior Bus Service.
The press release indicates riders should make reservations for transit services as soon as possible, and that same-day rides will be “nearly impossible”.
West Central Mass Transit will continue to offer trips to Springfield every other Wednesday morning, with all other out-of-town trips reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Officials say Safe Ride will continue to be available to the public on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. thanks to a generous donation from A. Gaudio and Sons beer distributorship.
The reductions will be in effect until a budget is approved and grant funds become available.