Mass transit buses idle for Black Friday
Pasco County's mass transit buses attracted more than 2,000 riders on Veterans Day, but the county will not be offering the service on Black Friday.
Earlier this month, the county staff initially proposed adding bus service on Nov. 11 and 27 after receiving public complaints about buses not running on Columbus Day, Oct. 12.
Commissioners agreed on Veterans Day, but said they wanted to wait to see if enough drivers volunteered to work the day after Thanksgiving since it was scheduled as part of a four-day weekend for county employees.
Phillip Pumphrey, Pasco's public transportation director, said last week that the service would not be available on Black Friday.
"I don't think we can pull it off,'' Pumphrey said.
The county used to run its buses on non-major holidays like Columbus and Veterans days, but cut the service in 2009 amid budget constraints. The cost of running the buses on non-major holidays is $17,000 per day.
Pumphrey said the county likely would try to budget accordingly to restore the service next year.