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Fate of Dixon's Bus Service Hangs in Balance as Council Studies Budget

There may be some big changes coming to Dixon's Readi-Ride service

It's a bus service that's popular among Dixon's elderly and students, but due to budgetary issues, could be heavily impacted.

That was the issue before Dixon City Council members Wednesday during a special budget meeting held within the chambers of the Dixon City Council.

The Vacaville Reporter stated that the bus services' expenses exceed revenues, the services' curb-to-curb service is difficult to staff during peak hours and that the costs are rising for the service according to the city's senior management analyst Janet Koster.

The article states that students who transition from a school bus system to the city's Readi-Ride service are causing staffing challenges during the peak hours of use.

City leaders expressed concern that the bus service is no longer sustainable. One councilman, Thom Bogue, asked city staff to look at ways to minimize maintenance costs by using the buses during off-peak hours so that the buses' life span can be maximized according to the story.

Now we put the question to the readers of Dixon Patch.

Should the Dixon City Council make the Readi-Ride service a priority and attempt to maintain the level of service currently enjoyed by everyone who uses it?

Is this a service that Dixon can do without? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section of this story.

David Crandall May 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
My father was a disabled senior citizen who used Readi-Ride frequently and I would hate to see other folks not be provided the same opportunity. I also find it frustrating that politicians have no problem saying its not feasible anymore even though it has been around for the last twenty years serving the community and yet now it is just unsustainable?
Barbara May 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Why wasn't the money from those parking structure things at the City Hall and Police Station used for Readi-Ride? We sure don't need those structures and when they are complete will anyone know who to use them? Readi-Ride has been used by many people over the years and will be the only transportation a lot have. Keep them in business!!! The City Manager and Administration can sure find money for raises when they want them. Use that money. These people are soooo over paid for what they have to do. We are not a big city, they don't need big pay checks.
Maggie June 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I would hate to see the Readi-Ride go. There are many students and elderly folks who really need this wonderful service. If the city council can find a way to keep it, it would speak volumes about their leadership and character.
cristina June 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Readi-ride is so useful to the community for the students and elderly. Why is it always the kids or the elderly that have to suffer??

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