Eau Claire City Council passes a trial bus route
The Eau Claire City Council unanimously paved the way Tuesday night for a trial late-night bus route that will run Jan. 30 to March 20.
Junior Sandra Boone, a member of the Late Night Bus Service Work Group that submitted a proposal to the City Council, said the route would allow students to get a ride to the mall on Friday and Saturday nights in addition to having transportation to the downtown and Water Street areas.
Buses will run until 3 a.m. on weekends at no charge to students.
The total cost of the plan is $13,900. Park Ridge and M&L, local alcohol distributors, pledged $10,000 and Student Senate made a special one-time allocation of $3,900 to complete the funding, Student Senate President Adrian Klenz said.
“I’m hoping students use it,” he said of the plan, which has been in the works for years. “Students are going to determine if it works.”
If the plan does prove successful, Klenz said students would eventually have to contribute financially to the route. Of the segregated fees full-time students pay, $19 go toward the bus service, according to a proposal submitted to the City Council.
Estimates of the costs range from $50,500 by a city official to $70,000 by junior Kevin Funk, who played a large role in the development of the route.
On Oct. 27 Student Senate created what is being called a bus ridership coordinator position. The position is vacant, but Klenz said the role would include the new dealings of the late-night route along with the dealings of students’ daily commute.
Regarding the lack of parking, Klenz said, “This may be a way to alleviate the problem – take the bus.”