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February 1, 2013

Rural transportation services to end here March 29

ANDERSON, Ind. — Rural transportation services provided to Madison County residents by LifeStream Services will end effective March 29, agency officials announced today.

Service is being discontinued because of state and federal funding cuts, a realignment of service so LifeStream can focus on its core mission and a lack of a contract with the Madison County Council of Governments.

“We deeply regret we won’t be able to provide rides for people in Madison County, but after careful consideration of all factors, we found we just were not be able to continue the service,” President and CEO  Kenneth D. Adkins said in a prepared statement.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this causes to riders and their families, Adkins added.

Madison County Council of Governments Executive Director Jerry Bridges said county officials have been working with the agency to increase efficiency and cut costs over the past year.

He said officials are working with other agencies and providers to continue rural transportation programs.

LifeStream has provided Rural Areas of Madison County (TRAM) for the past six years.

He said TRAM is an especially important service for senior citizens needing transportation from rural area.

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