JAUNT has had a great year, according to the agency’s executive director Donna Shaunessey at the Louisa County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 7.
“We’ve had some interesting times in Louisa County this year,” she said.
Transportation services were reduced in Louisa this summer after funding from the supervisors remained flat for a third consecutive year. The county approved paying the agency $202,728 in 2014, the same amount it paid in last year’s fiscal plan.
Despite that, Shaunessey said that the agency did well financially, taking in $5.6 million in revenue. Of that, 40 percent is paid by local contributions from participating counties, the remainder comes from state and federal funding and fares collected from riders.
“Local funding is the basis for what we do,” she said. “Without that, we can’t bring in state or federal funding.”
Louisa County’s share is nine percent of the total operating budget, according to Shaunessey, who advised that there were 33,285 passengers from Louisa alone.
Additional state monies will allow JAUNT to restore some of the services which had been cut this year at no additional cost to Louisa County.
Starting Nov. 1, JAUNT will reinstate its Monday intra-county service so that the buses can take dialysis patients to Zion Crossroads on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for their treatments.
“It’s a critical need for a lot of people,” Shaunessey said.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Central Virginian.