Friday, June 24, 2011

Lauderhill Community Shuttle Bus Program Cuts Operating Hours

By a 4 to 1 vote, Mayor Kaplan voting against, the City Commission has cut the hours of the Lauderhill Community Shuttle Bus program from 60 to 36 hours.

The Mayor did not object to the number of hours being cut, because funding is not available to continue it, but the issue was the particular routes and hours of operation. He felt that due consideration was not given to those using the system to go to and from their work, that Route 1 & 5 are duplicates so that those hours could be cut back and provide more hours to other routes, and that the decision of where to cut was based on faulty data.

The Mayor provided another schedule that he felt would not create as much hardship to residents that the Commission rejected.

Already the city has received numerous calls objecting to the change, and a petition signed by 500 people. The next time residents can address the Commission on this is at the 7 PM Public Hearing at City Hall on June 27.

The hours are operation are:

Route 1: 8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Route 2: 8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Route 3: 10:35 am to 6:00 pm
Route 4: 8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Route 5: 10:50 am to 6:05 pm

As it can be seen, virtually no hours will be provided for commuters to work. The hours recommended by the Mayor provided for hours starting earlier and later on Routes 1, 2, 3, and 4, some down time during the day when ridership should be lower, and the elimination of Route 5 since it duplicates Route 1 (but goes in reverse).

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