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Talks to resume bus service begins

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Talks to bring bus service back to part of the Wausau area have begun. This comes eight months after the service was cut.

Metro Ride is pitching options to get its buses back on community streets.

"I use the bus for everything. Everywhere I go, I depend on the bus," Amanda Fox said.

Fox was disappointed when service was cut to Weston, Rothschild and Schofield due to tight budgets.

"It really restricted the places I could go," Fox added.

Fox says the bus is a way of life. She lives in Wausau and doesn't have a car. Once the service was cut in December for areas south of the city, Fox had to make other plans to get around.

Others, like Tom Ryzek, share the same story, "It'd be nice to have them back," he said.

But now, talks have begun to bring it back, after a legal battle and a referendum question in Weston, in which voters cast their ballots in favor of bus service.

"Ultimately, I think we're going to end up with something that connects Wausau to Weston. The question is what is that going to look like," Wausau Transit Director Greg Seubert.

There are two proposed routes. This first would run from Wausau to Weston—a direct route. The second looks similar, but would stop in Rothschild and Schofield.

"It would be a dream come true to have bus service on the south side of the community," Kathi Zoern of Wausau said.

While Weston will be restoring service, Rothschild and Schofield don't legally have to. But leaders there say they're open to being a part of it.

"I'm sure that there will be a level of interest," Schofield Mayor Ken Fabel said.

"We're just interested in the numbers," Rothschild Village President George Peterson said.

The Weston village administrator says Schofield and Rothschild would be welcomes partners, because it would save Weston money. After all—that's the reason the service was cut in the first place.

Leaders from those areas say they will take this information to their respective boards. From there, they will look at their budgets for next year.

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