By: Jillian Wilson
Budgets cuts are forcing the ‘Loop' bus service to cut back on Thursdays and Sundays.
"It's just a sad fact that if you only have 40 or 50 people riding it, it's just entirely too expensive to continue," says Becky Passman, Iowa Quad Cities Transit Coordinator.
Last night the Bettendorf City Council voted to change the hours and days of operation.
The loop runs on a 1.4 million dollar federal grant, but the funds will run out next month.
Now, the loop bus will only ride Fridays and Saturdays.
But it will now go until 3 o'clock instead of 1:30 in the morning.
"I noticed around the time that the loop is ending at 1:30, people are sometimes rushing or they'll miss it, so I think extending the hours is a good idea," says Donnie Bobb, frequent rider.
But some Rock Island residents aren't pleased with the cut backs; they say Thursday really kicks off the weekend.
"Thursdays, I don't think it's a good idea to take away the loop bus," says Stephen Cougill, a Rock Island resident.
"I really liked it being on Thursdays, but Friday and Saturday if that's the budget, at least it is staying," says Charles Knudson, a frequent rider.
City leaders are also making the loop season shorter.
Instead of year round service, it will just run from May until October.
All these changes will keep the loop rolling until fall of 2014.
"In order to maintain operations we needed to look at how to get the most bang for the buck," says Passman.
The changes will go into effect at the end of June.