More people in need will soon be able to ride the bus for free. About the same time every day a bus from Grand Valley Transit pulls to a stop at the corner of North and 28 Road. And about the same time every day Holly Hutchison gets on that bus.
"I would rather be on the bus than trying to walk in the snow." says, Hutchison. Hutchison gets her bus pass through the Mesa County Department of Human Services and says it's important for her to have one. "Very, cause I don't have a vehicle, I have a three month old baby so I have to get her to the doctor to the grocery store to everywhere I need to go."
The Mesa County Board of Commissioners just approved a new contract that would increase the amount of funding to help families in need get free bus passes.
Karen Martsolf with Human Services says the numbers tell their own story. "In 2007 we had almost 5,000 families per month served through this program in 2008 it was 6,500 families per month."
Next year those numbers are expected to increase. Which is why funding was increased $100,000, up to $300,000. In fact this is the first time in five years that the Human Services Department has asked for an increase in funding.
Hutchison says, fairs aren't expensive but it does add up. "It's a dollar each time so I'd just have to save money, I'm really grateful to have the bus pass though cause it does save me money, being a single mom that's very important."
While more and more families struggle to make ends meet hopefully this funding will make sure they don't miss the bus.