Transportation commissioners this week recommended several changes to bus service for seniors and the disabled, including cutting weekend service, as they grapple with reduced funding.
In an effort to generate more income for the service, an outreach program could begin in the next two months to remind seniors of the voluntary 50-cent fare in the hopes of getting more riders to pay, Transportation Commission Chairman Paul Dyson said.
The Joslyn Adult Center will be the target of most of the outreach, Dyson said.
Officials say services like BurbankBus, BurbankBus Senior & Disabled Transit and Got Wheels!, which was retained only for the summer months, rely heavily on sales tax revenue that has declined during the economic downturn.
Transportation commissioners are charged with keeping an eye on Proposition A and C funds, which are used for the city’s bus service.
Proposition A, which supports the senior service, “has such a large deficit and we’ve almost burned through the reserves we have,” Dyson said, adding that a deficit is projected for next fiscal year.