Very few people using it anyway, according to staff
A year after abandoning its efforts to provide fixed-route bus service in the Taft area, the City is preparing to cut Sunday Taft Area Transit bus service within the community.
The problem is too few riders on Sunday, and its impacting the city's ability to meet minimum goals to stay eligible for funding to offer dial-a-ride the rest of the week.
On average, Taft Area Transit get just 30 total riders.
In fact, TAT drivers and dispatchers are on a first-name basis with Sunday riders they will be notifying them one-by-one, City Manager Craig Jones said.
"It is a our least productive service," Jones told the Taft City Council Tuesday night at a public hearing.
No one from the public spoke either for or against dropping Sunday serviceThe same thing happened at a public meeting to discuss any unmet transit needs in the community.
The city is going to hold another hearing on March 20 before acting to eliminate Sunday service.
"I think it will be sad for the people that do use it, but it appears they aren't using it that much," said Councilmember Renee Hill
Thee city is required to recover at least 10 percent of the cost of the bus service to remain eligible for the federal funding that pays for TAT.
Right now, it averaging 8 percent event after dropping the fixed route system, which never caught on with the public.
"We're hoping with the elimination of this service we can achieve 10 percent return by the end of 2018," Jones said.
If it doesn't, "our entire program is at risk," said Councilman Orchel Krier, the city's representative to Kern COG, which administers the transportation funding in Kern County.