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Prescott looking for community input on potential bus lines

A map shows two different line options for a possible bus service in Prescott. The city has sent out a survey to all residents to get input on the service. Photo courtesy of City of Prescott

After requests for public transportation in the city, Prescott is taking the first step for a potential bus line by surveying residents.

The survey was mailed out to all Prescott residents starting Nov. 21, and will be open for response through Dec. 20. An online version is also available at the city's website prescottwi.org.

"One of the first steps we have to do is to find out if people are willing to use it," City Administrator Jayne Brand said.

Questions on the survey include how often residents will use the service, how much they're willing to pay, what stops are convenient, what times would work best and more.

"Those are all the things we're looking at so we can kind of get that out and decide what's going to work best for us as a city and them as a provider," Brand said.

Two possible bus lines are shown with the survey, a red line and a yellow line, and all the possible stops are lined out for residents to see.

Brand expects to have the full results of the survey in early January. From there, the city can decide how it wants to move forward.

"We're hoping that we get positive feedback since we have heard that there is a need for it," Brand said.

One group that has expressed that need is seniors, Brand said, and others as well. The survey is also looking into if the bus service could be a benefit for the bars in the city.

She said the city hopes to have a reasonable cost for the service, and is looking into state and federal funding.

If the process moves forward, Brand said a service could be going in the summer or fall of 2018.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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