Clinton County legislators voted to put the current paratransit system on hold, which means people with disabilities will need to find a new way to ride.
Currently people with disabilities would call to be picked up at their residence by a separate bus comparable to a taxi service through Clinton County Public Transit.
According to the Chairmen of Clinton County Legislators Harry McManus, lawmakers were looking at the entire transportation plan and saw that costs for the paratransit service had gone up significantly. Their solution was to hold a trial of deviated service.
“My expectation is that we will be able to work something out,” McManus said. “I’m not sure that everyone will be as pleased as they might be in terms of it is different.”
The trial will begin in May of 2018, as opposed to January because of the cold weather. During the trial people who need the paratransit service will still call for a ride, but a regular bus will add their home to an existing bus route.
Legislators pledged that if the deviated service does not work, they will return it to the way it was before.
McManus said the overall goal is to save money.