CLAREMONT, NH—At the City Council Wednesday night, representatives of Southwestern Community Services presented an update on the bus service that was restored in the area recently, after being shut down by the Community Alliance due to financial problems. Despite funding from several sources, the service is still facing an operating loss of $60,000 and SCS has asked Claremont to consider contributing $30,000 to help keep the program going. Currently the City does not help fund the service; SCS said that about 80% of riders are from Claremont and that additional funding is necessary to close the operating gap to ensure that the buses keep running. SCS said it needs to have funding in place by January and will continue to work to finding the additional funds needed.
The council did not act on the request last night but said it will have a decision for SCS in December. SCS plans to ask Newport and the county to increase their contributions to help fill in the gap.
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