Fight continues for public transportation in Weston
WESTON (WAOW)-- Community members in Weston are split over whether to bring back a bus line. Some say the village should pay for public transportation, while others argue it costs too much.
Route K stopped rolling in January, but bus supporters told Newsline 9 they won't give up until voters have a say.
"It's very frustrating. It's...I miss the sound of the bus," Virginia Korleski said. She depended on the service to get around town.
"I know people need to stay in budget and stuff, but the people need transportation," she said.
The village board cut the service last year, saying it was too expensive and ridership was low. But now, a Marathon County judge has ordered the village let voters decide.
The appeal that decision. Monday night, bus supporters pleaded with the village board not to do that. The village president told Newsline 9 he and other officials are waiting for advice from their attorney before moving forward. We tried contacting the village's legal counsel, Mark Klinner, but he was unavailable.
The village president and other board members present at Monday night's meeting declined to comment.
Some people who live in the village think the board made the right choice.
"An empty bus is not the solution," Morrie Michalik said. "Instead of just paying these exorbitant amounts to haul two or three people around there's got to be a different solution."
But bus supporters say the service is needed now more than ever. "
"With gas going up over four dollars a gallon it would be a savings for everybody to use public transportation," Rev. Steve Brice said.
For now, voters will decide. The judge ruled that a referendum will take place after April 3rd. No date has been set.
Bus supporters told Newsline 9 the $18,000 dollars raised earlier this year to try and save the bus line will now be used for a shuttle service. It will transport residents until the money runs out.