Union Gap's Decision to Switch Transit Companies Could Discontinue Routes
YAKIMA, Wa.- Today is like everyday for Johnathon Taijeron who takes the bus to and from doctor appointments and the grocery store.
"It would change a lot of stuff. I wouldn't be able to get around anymore," said Johnathon Taijeron.
Johnathon is disabled and the bus is his only way around which is why he's worried that Yakima Transit may not run to Union Gap anymore. Johnathon represents a growing trend. Only in Yakima, ridership was up 13 percent and in the tri cities it went up 20 percent.
Ken Mehin manages Yakima Transit and says the bus line has to raise prices on cities like union gap just to offset high gas prices.
"By the end of September we will have used the budget we have allocated to it and we're going to be using our reserve funds," said Mehin.
For Johnathon and the 5,200 other people in the Yakima area who ride the bus every day it's a reason to worry, now and maybe later.
"It all just depends on the weather. It probably wouldn't effect anybody for a little while until winter time," said Taijeron.
Union Gap City Council will consider switching from Yakima Transit to less expensive companies and will make their decision early next week.