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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The head of Whitley Countyâ€™s public transportation system will seek money from the Whitley County Council next week.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit is asking for her organizationâ€™s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax â€” an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
â€śThese funds have gone a long way to support this growing program as we are starting our fifth year of public transportation,â€ť said Hake in a letter to council president Kim Wheeler.
Hake reports the program, which is a branch of the Whitley County Council on Aging, cost $306,847 in 2010.
â€śWe drove a combination of 198,463 passenger miles, consumed 18,544 gallons of fuel and delivered 21,931 total trips,â€ť she said.
Hake said the program began in January of 2007 and provides transportation for senior citizens, disabled persons and children who need rides to daycare, Head Start and kindergarten.
â€śWe work with the Lighthouse homeless shelter, the work release program and Passages,â€ť she said.
â€śWe will continue to increase our trips, and in time we hope to increase the schedule to longer hours when that becomes feasible.â€ť