McDonald would charge $100,000 to operate another bus. CityLink has a spare bus, but if one of the route buses breaks down, there wouldn't be a bus to continue with the regular service.
“Sometimes we have to wait for a part,” Pleveich said. “There would be nothing we could do. This is a tough decision. Any decisions we make today is short term.”
CityLink has relied mainly on federal funding to operate the public transportation system and that funding is shrinking. This fiscal year, city leaders had to come up with an additional $50,000 for the CityLink bus service.
The transportation committee is studying how to get additional money.
A public hearing will be scheduled about the recommended change in paratransit service before the city council makes the final decision.
“It is hard to look someone in the eye and say we can't provide service,” Pleveich said. “We need to do something fairly quickly.”