'Scam' helps transit system threatened by state budget ax

October 12, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

What first seemed to be a scam at the expense of the ailing Carroll Transit System turned out to be the opposite.

The woman Westminster police questioned last week about soliciting door to door in the name of the non-profit transportation agency turned out to be a client who relies on the agency to get her to medical appointments, said Linda Boyer, executive director of the system.

Betty Ann Walker, 31, rides the Carroll Transit vans several times a month for doctor visits and shopping.

"I was going to help them out," Miss Walker said after she heard the agency was considering closing because of state budget cuts.

Carroll Transit's board of directors will meet Wednesday, its deadline to decide whether to keep the agency rolling. Although rides throughout the county are available to anyone for $2 each way, the system's main clients are the elderly, the handicapped and the poor.

Mrs. Boyer and board members began publicizing their plight this month in hopes of gaining community support and donations to help them continue offering rides.

The agency's budget was to be $473,939 this fiscal year, but Mrs. Boyer estimates that state and county cuts will cut that figure by more than $100,000 by the end of this month. Mrs. Boyer said she will present the board with some short-term solutions Wednesday and will search aggressively for long-term help through state legislators who have asked her to give them more details on what the agency needs.

She hopes to present to the legislators a plan that would allow Carroll Transit to provide transportation for area social-service agencies. In the meantime, she is hoping for more donations from businesses and doctors to whom Carroll Transit delivers patients and customers.

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