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Recent talk of the shopper bus nearing the end of its run in Peru and La Salle has come with chatter of a new county-wide public bus system possibly filling the need.
That’s hard to say, said Reed Wilson, director of economic development for the city of Ottawa and who is overseeing a possible county transportation system.
“There is an effort being made to build a public transportation system for La Salle County and it’s possible an agreement can be worked out with these two cities,” Wilson said.
More will be known later this year, he said.
The Shopper Bus, initiated in Peru several years ago, picks up people who do not have transportation in La Salle and Peru and takes them to appointments and stores.
This month, Peru City Council approved a six-month lease with Sovereign Leasing for $820 per month for the shopper bus.
At that council meeting, Alderman Dave Potthoff said: “La Salle County Transit Authority is expected to be in full force in the next few months and may be able to offer our residents some better options.”
The city of La Salle pays Peru about $1,000 a month for the service. This week, La Salle City Council talked about stopping the bus service by the end of March because of lack of funding and few riders. At that council meeting, Mayor Jeff Grove a countywide transportation system is expected to come online this summer and might provide an alternative.
Wilson said nothing is in stone yet.
Reporter Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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