Louisa citizens who depend on the JAUNT bus to get to medical appointments and, in some cases, their jobs, can expect to see Monday service restored this summer.
With a show of hands at their budget work session on March 6, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors agreed to bring back the Monday intracounty bus route, though it isn’t clear yet where the money will come from.
Brad Sheffield, JAUNT executive director, gave the supervisors a $47,000 estimate for funding one year of Monday service. But he said he may be able to reduce that cost by buying fuel from the county and through cost savings in other areas.
In his budget request, Sheffield did not propose adding Monday service. He said in February that he had not heard from most board members, except for JAUNT board representative and Supervisor Willie Gentry (Cuckoo district), that they wanted to restore Monday rides in 2018.
Last October, Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry district) asked for a vote on restoring JAUNT service at the start of the year. His motion failed for lack of a fourth vote. At the time, some supervisors opposed it because they did not want to spend additional money in the middle of the budget cycle.
JAUNT’s ridership in Louisa dipped below 20,000 in 2016, a sharp reduction since it peaked at over 33,000 in 2013. That year, JAUNT cut Monday and Saturday bus service within the county as well as Tuesday and Thursday commuter trips to Charlottesville.
To read the entire story, see the March 9 edition of The Central Virginian.