Commission says no to more rides

County commissioners decided to stick with the current transportation plan rather than expand the program to round-the-clock coverage. Thrive Allen County requested the extended hours to allow employees to use the program to go to work. Commissioners wanted more time to gather data on its effectiveness.

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November 3, 2021 - 9:58 AM

Thrive CEO Lisse Regher talks to county commissioners about a countywide transportation program. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

A countywide transportation plan will continue next year under its current format, commissioners decided Tuesday.

A week ago, representatives of Thrive Allen County asked them to consider expanding to round-the-clock coverage in order to help many local residents get to their jobs. Three local industries agreed to contribute $5,000 each, reducing the county’s potential cost from $99,640 to $84,640.

On Tuesday, commissioners agreed to pay $19,767 to continue the program as it currently operates instead of the expansion.

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