Ailing transit agency pleads for help

December 08, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The agency that provides public transportation in Carroll needs a jump-start from anyone in the community who wants to help come up with ways for the bus system to stay afloat, its director said.

Linda Boyer, director of the ailing Carroll Transit System, told the county commissioners yesterday she wants a "summit" of mayors, community leaders and businesses who can help make sure the county continues to have public transportation.

Also, she asked commissioners to provide bus maintenance and a loan to buy cost-saving software so the non-profit agency can stay afloat.

The private Carroll Transit contracts with the county to provide -- public transportation. The contract includes discounted service to senior citizens, the disabled and people with low incomes. The Bureau of Aging handles sales of discounted ticket books.

The agency is facing a deficit of $50,000 to $75,000 unless it can raise more money in the next several months, Mrs. Boyer said.

She asked commissioners to let the agency send its vans to the county garage for the preventive maintenance required by law. Carroll Transit, in return, would pay the county $25 an hour for labor, but still save over the $37 an hour the agency pays for a private garage. That savings would be about $29,000 a year.

Also, Mrs. Boyer asked that the county offer a loan to Carroll Transit to purchase computer software that would allow more efficient planning of routes and billing. She said the software would cost about $7,000.

The deficit comes from cuts from the state and county departments that hire Carroll Transit for special services such as transporting people to dialysis treatment, medical appointments and senior centers.

The agency was in danger of closing last month, but has been raising money and looking for long-term ways to continue operating its vans.

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