The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

March 18, 2013

Transit service contract extended for residents

ANDERSON, Ind. — An agreement was recently approved that allows LifeStream Services Inc. to continue to provide rural transit services to Madison County residents.

The Transportation for Rural Areas of Madison County (TRAM) service will be extended through Dec. 31 under the contract with the Madison County commissioners.

Recently, the service faced discontinuation by the end of March due to cuts in funding from state and federal sources. LifeStream has operated TRAM for the past six years. Vans provide about 1,100 trips per month in the county to rural residents.

“We’re happy it’s done and we’ve worked everything out,” said Jerry Bridges, executive director of the Madison County Council of Governments, which administers TRAM for the county.

“I think we had some misunderstandings and this contract process has helped us work those out,” he said.

There will be no fare increases at this time for clients.

“When we all walked away, both sides felt very good,” Bridges said.

“We never wanted to discontinue services. In these financially difficult times it took a while for us to reach a mutual agreement on the contract,” said Kenneth Adkins, president/CEO of LifeStream Services.

John Richwine, president of the Madison County Board of Commissioners, said, “The financial concerns regarding the TRAM service were the primary issue surrounding contract negotiations. I am pleased we have been able to arrive at a mutual agreement.”

The cost of each TRAM fare will remain at current levels but may be reviewed for possible changes.

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