A bus service geared toward local youth may be destined to end this summer after a transportation task force determined last week that it no longer is financially viable.
The Got Wheels! bus service was intended to transport young people around the city, but money for the program has dwindled to the point that officials say it no longer makes financial sense.
Jim Moore of Moore and Associates, a transit consultant for the city, said last week that other cities with programs similar to Got Wheels! have already ended them.
“I think it’s a program that has run its course,” Moore said.
Funding for Got Wheels! comes from a portion of sales taxes, but the slow economic recovery has put a dent in available money for cities in Los Angeles County, and many don’t have resources to backfill the loss.
Strong competition for money from BurbankBus, a service that many seniors use for door-to-door transportation to recreation centers and other appointments, also is not helping Got Wheels! Seniors came out en masse in March to protest any cuts to their services to help fund Got Wheels!