City Council discusses pushing free bus fare for k-12 students in Eau Claire and gets the Soo Line Locomotive update

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Free bus fares for k-12 students may not get rolling until 2020.

Back in May, the city council commissioned a study on providing the free fare. It shows $40,000 to $45,000 would be lost in transit revenue if the free was dropped starting in 2019.

The council was urged to use their upcoming Transit Development Plan, that starts in the summer of 2019, to better understand k-12 riding patterns.

City Council Member Jeremy Gragert said they hope to partner with local schools and other agencies to help make up the revenue loss.

“We’re hoping to have it be a very comprehensive look at the need of kids in Eau Claire and their transportation needs. And how partners like the school district and partners like the Eau Claire County Human Services can help”, Gragert told News 18.

Gragert said it may take longer to iron out details, but it’s better in the long run. He is unsure when the council will take the issue up again.

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A presentation was also made on public comments collected on the recently purchased Soo Line Locomotive.

Gragert showed the public 5 possible static locations to house the train.

As we reported last week, some in the community also wanted to get the vintage train back up and running.

There is still time to weigh in. Visit Eau Claire has their website to donate or volunteer, here.

 

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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