“06880” has learned that last-ditch negotiations may provide a solution. But time is running out.
The reason for the suspension of the routes is cessation of federal funds. Because the route is geared to students traveling from schools to afternoon activities — but not run by a school district — it is out of compliance with government regulations.
If the funds are cut, dozens of Westport parents will have to figure how to get their kids to Earthplace programs, and religious education.
One result, of course, would be more cars on the road.
Broader issues include: What’s the future of the Westport Transit District? How does it fit in with other area organizations? How do we live and move around in town? Is there any role for mass transportation, suburb-style?
A number of folks are working hard, seeking a resolution. State Representative Jonathan Steinberg, First Selectman Jim Marpe and town operations director Dewey Loselle, the WTD’s Jennifer Johnson and Gene Cederbaum, along with Earthplace and Temple Israel officials, have pulled many levers seeking a stay of execution — or at least a delay.
There are many layers to this onion. Stay tuned as Westport peels them back, one by one.