Bethel Transit System still in motion

by Mark Arehart on April 30, 2012

The Bethel Public Transit System was in danger of running out of funding. It took a big check from the Orutsararmuit Native Council to keep the program going for at least another year. On Friday ONC voted to match a grant by the City of Bethel to keep the wheels moving.

$105,613.18. That’s the amount of money that ONC had to come up with to keep the Bethel bus system going.

In a closed-door meeting on Friday, ONC voted to match the City of Bethel’s grant to extend the transit system through June 30th, 2013.

Had ONC voted not to match the grant, the transit system would have likely stopped operation this coming June.

Bethel city Manager, Lee Foley, said he was extremely pleased to see that ONC matched the city’s funding. He pointed out the value of the system to Bethel’s citizens.

Just last week, publicly, the transit system seemed to be in danger of not getting enough funding to function for another year. But, now the system is safe and fully funded for another year.

Zach Brink, the executive director of ONC, could not be reached for comment.

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