At the board's Tuesday meeting, Butler County Transit Authority director John Paul announced that the budget to add the route to Pittsburgh from Butler to Route 68 and down Route 19 will be an estimated $365,000.
With revenues estimated at $108,000, the project's budget would see a $256,000 deficit. But Paul said that shortfall would be offset by state and federal operating funds the authority expects to receive. He said the final specifications for the compressed natural gas fueling station will be available within the next few weeks.
Board member Lance Calvert said he thinks $5 each way sounds too inexpensive when gasoline costs for a commuter driving to Pittsburgh would be more, not to mention parking and other costs associated with the commute.
“That's correct,” Paul said. “That's the attraction.”
The board voted unanimously to approve the tentative schedule, which Paul did not want to divulge until more research is complete.
Read the full story in Thursday's Butler Eagle.