reaches goal for
Express Staff Writer
peak-hour commuter bus service planned to run between Bellevue and
Ketchum, but delayed for months due to lack of money, appears to have the
funding it needs to operate for four months, beginning June 1.
County Commissioners Dennis Wright and Sarah Michael both said Monday they
would vote to increase county funding of the bus from $5,000 to $10,000.
That amount, added to money contributed by Sun Valley, Ketchum, businesses
and the federal government, would total $46,000, the amount needed for the
bus to operate from June 1 to Sept. 30.
commission, however, did not vote on the funding increase during its
meeting Monday, because Chairwoman Mary Ann Mix was absent. Commissioner
Dennis Wright said Mix would likely support the increase, though the
measure could pass two-to-one even without her support.
commission must also decide whether to award a contract to Sun Valley
Express or to Trans IV Buses, of Twin Falls, to provide a bus for the
service. Both companies have submitted bid proposals.
should be negotiated by May 13, Michael said.
operating through the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, the bus service
needs another $130,000 to $160,000, Michael said. Bus advocates are
looking to cities, businesses, grants, fares and the county for that
for the bus to run three times each morning and evening with stops in
Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum to give commuters an alternative to