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Door County transportation service could be reduced or eliminated to save money

Posted: 5:37 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 23:54:44-04

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. — Last year, about 43,000 people in Door County used public transportation, also known as Door 2 Door Rides. But county leaders are considering reducing the service, or even eliminating it altogether, to save county dollars.

The bus lines don't run in Sturgeon Bay, but they do have a public transit system known as Door 2 Door rides, which is an option for travel that is far cheaper than a taxi because the costs are supplemented by the county and state.

Just this week, however, the county administrator in Door County announced the board is considering reducing that service or even eliminating it to save $170,000 or more a year that it currently costs. Advocates for the public transit system say it's a service they rely on to get out of their home for a fraction of the cost of a cab.

"Oh, it means the world,” says Laure Warwick, who lives in Sturgeon Bay. “It means your independence and that type of thing. At one point, we all don't want people to cart us around here and there and this just gives us the flexibility and independence that we want."

Coming up on March 26th at 10 a.m., the Door County Board will be meeting to discuss whether they will scale down funding for public transit or eliminate it all together. The meeting in Sturgeon Bay is open to the public.