Greene CATS service modifications coming in July

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Beginning subsequent month, Greene CATS Public Transit will remove its weekend service and increase weekday hours. Greene CATS may even change some route schedules and lift its fares.

Listed below are some particulars:

  • Weekday scheduled rides, which beforehand ended at 9 p.m., might be prolonged to 10 p.m.
  • Fares will enhance from $1.50 to $2 on flex routes, from $3 to $4 for in-county scheduled rides and $6 to $8 for out-of-county scheduled rides
  • Modifications might be carried out on July 1

The rationale for the modifications is threefold, in keeping with the Government Director of Greene CATS Ken Collier.

First, grant and emergency pandemic funding have run dry. The transit service additionally stories decrease revenues, down 30% from previous years. Collier mentioned that’s as a result of riders aren’t utilizing their providers to get to medical appointments.

“Now lots of them are utilizing tele-health providers as a substitute,” Collier mentioned.

One other issue is a scarcity of drivers. Collier mentioned that those that used to drive his autos are actually driving for providers like Amazon.

“We now have great competitors now for drivers, significantly for people who require a CDL license,” he mentioned. “Then, after all, the pay will increase in the realm for these jobs due to the demand.”

Collier mentioned the modifications beginning in July ought to assist make the staffing scarcity extra manageable.

He additionally mentioned the modifications had been made with enter from riders and drivers.