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Weston & NAOMI tentative agreement on scaled back bus service


WESTON, WI (WSAU) -  Weston’s bus route compromise plan has the support of groups that pushed for reinstating the transportation service.

Late Tuesday, Village Administrator Daniel Guild announced that the NAOMI “Everyone Has A Place” campaign tentatively agreed to the reduced service levels put on the table Monday night.

Guild says he’s convinced NAOMI was open to the reduced service because it was possible to improve the big picture for Wausau’s south metro area.  He says, "Hopefully, this will better align us for Schofield and Rothschild being able to join in, and I think at the end of the day, I think NAOMI realized that more service in more municipalities and being able to expand paratransit service to those communities was probably the best choice for the area.”

This is far from a done deal. Weston still has to meet with Wausau officials and get revised figures for operating the buses.

Weston has a budget workshop Monday night, and the topic of how to pay for the bus service is likely to be brought up. One option put on the table earlier this week was creation of a transportation utility to collect operating fees.

Weston is optimistic a 7-run-per-day schedule will provide necessary service and allow them to partner with Schofield and Rothschild to provide the bus route. This would also allow paratransit service to return to the area.

Guild plans to join NAOMI spokesman Dan Danson Thursday at noon for a press conference to discuss the tentative agreement. That conference is immediately before the Wausau Transit Commission meeting, which is also being held at the Weston Municipal Center.

The entire interview with Administrator Daniel Guild can be heard by clicking on the application above.