Students who use the Got Wheels! bus service after school and around the city will have to make other plans for this summer after the City Council this week voted to move ahead with eliminating the program.
Since February, city officials have been talking about cutting or eliminating some of the bus service because less money is available to fund the programs. Services like Burbank Bus and Got Wheels! rely heavily on sales tax revenue that has steadily declined during the economic downturn.
The popularity of Got Wheels! among teens appears to have led to its own demise. Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson said students primarily use the service to get to and from school, which was not the intended purpose of the transit system and violates the terms of using supporting tax revenue.