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Supervisors hear RIDES funding request

December 18, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard a funding request from RIDES - the area regional transit authority.

Director Hugh Lively requested $5,000 - the same funding requested previously. Of that, $1,500 would be for operating funds and $3,500 for capital outlay.

The county currently gives $3,500 yearly.

Lively said RIDES had made 7,813 one-way trips in Emmet County during the year ended this past June 30. One factor in decreased use is that ECHO-PLUS has its own vans. He said RIDES is also no longer able to do charter trips.

In response, RIDES has increased its afternoon hours from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with an effort to raising the number of trips.

Lively said RIDES is also not replacing employees who leave to cut costs. He said the company has built its reserves, in light of decreasing federal and state money.

The board said it would take the funding request into consideration.

 
 
 

 

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