Harborites once again filled the Aberdeen City Council chambers Tuesday night to discuss impending cuts to Grays Harbor Transit. The agency is aiming to cut about $800,000 from its 2014 operating budget, which will likely lead to scaled-back bus service.
The Grays Harbor Transit Board will likely make it’s final decision regarding cuts at a July 9 meeting, and will either cut all weekend service or thin the seven-day schedule. Grays Harbor citizens were able to weigh in on the matter at a June 20 meeting and a June 25 meeting.
Those who attended the meetings made it clear that any cuts would be detrimental to the county’s elderly and disabled citizens who are unable to drive. Many people advocated for rate increases instead of service cuts, but Transit Director Mark Carlin argued this wouldn’t generate enough money to solve the problem.
The July 9 meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Grays Harbor Transit administration office, located at 705 30th St. in Hoquiam. Members of the public may attend.