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Bus Route From Clemson to Anderson Losing Funding

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Bus Route From Clemson to Anderson Losing Funding Bus Route From Clemson to Anderson Losing Funding

A free fare bus route in Anderson County bringing people to school and jobs might soon end.

Clemson Area Transit CEO Al Babinicz says 150,000 people ride the Anderson Route CAT Bus each year. Of those riders, 53% are going to work, 40% are students heading to Tri County Tech or Clemson and 7% are seniors.

Anderson County pays for the cost of the route and a route to Homeland Park with a Federal Grant, but that money is running low. The county only has enough to last through January. County Council has to make a decision about how to fund the bus by the end of the year or it will end.

Monday the County's Planning and Public Works Committee met to discuss ideas. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson suggests pulling leftover money from Paving and Recreation funds. Councilwoman Gracie Floyd, who is not on the committee, suggests raising property taxes to pay for the route.

The CAT Bus Route costs $178,400 each year. The Homeland Park Route costs $109,647 each year, plus there are administration costs of $68,000 each year.

The committee also heard from people concerned about losing the CAT Bus.

"I used to ride that bus to get back and forth to work," says Anthony Allen "I'm doing my part to speak out because a lot of people are dependent on that bus route."

There have no final decisions made. The committee also wants to look over the bus schedule to see if there are sections that can be cut out.

 
 
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