SHUTDOWN: City bus service could shrink
Pueblo Transit, the city’s bus service, gets nearly half of its funding from the federal government, so a prolonged shutdown of the federal government could force the city to cut back bus service, City Manager Sam Azad said Monday.
Transit officials haven’t worked out a contingency plan yet.
Pueblo Transit has a budget of about $4.7 million a year and $2.2 million comes in government subsidies, according to the 2013 budget.
“A prolonged shutdown of several weeks or more would probably force us to take a look at our bus service,” Azad said Monday. “We haven’t done that yet.”
Operations at Pueblo Memorial Airport would not be affected because the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control system is considered an essential service, according to Mark Lovin, the city’s airport director.
The city has been awarded multimillion grants for runway and taxiway improvements in the past year, but Lovin said those agreements already are completed.
“I don’t foresee a shutdown affecting us,” he said.