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January 31, 2014

Shift in Medicaid funding forces cuts to Otsego Express routes

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The contract to run Otsego express now comes to $532,065 a year. Starting March 1, as a result of the cuts that are being put into place, the contract will be cut to $458,333.

Wyckoff said in selecting the routes that would be scrapped or scaled back, there was an effort to target those that had the smallest number of riders and cost the most to operate.

“We tried to minimize the impact to the public as much as we could,” she said. Ridership numbers for the various routes involved in the changes were not immediately available, she said.

Peggy Bush, terminal manager for Otsego Express in Richfield Springs, said she commends the Planning Department for making the schedule changes in a way that would have the least impact on those that use the service.

“This came from the top in Albany,” said Bush, who is employed by Birnie Bus. “There is going to be some impact, but most people won’t realize there will be a change in service. Fortunately, there is plenty of other forms of public transportation available. 

The Planning Department is urging anyone with comments or questions on the schedule changes to contact the department at 547-4225.

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